Barcelona have denied being in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Serge Aurier before the defender left Paris Saint-Germain for Tottenham Hotspur.
Aurier claimed when speaking to France’s Canal+ that his camp was in contact with La Blaugrana over the summer, and suggested his negative perception was why Barca decided against completing the transfer.
“We’ll see what happens with my future. I think my reputation has scared four or five European clubs. I was negotiating with Barca, very advanced negotiations, and the Barca people weren’t sure if I went there that things would be different,” Sport quotes Aurier as saying.
Barca, however, took the step of issuing a denial to Aurier’s comments, insisting that any contact between the club and his representatives was initiated by the player’s side.
“We never sat down with the player or his representative. They wanted to sit down with us, but nothing was ever done,” a spokesman said.