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Barcelona missed out on signing Courtois, Haaland & Morata, says Bordas

Thibaut Courtois, Erling Haaland, Alvaro Morata
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After his Mbappe bombshell, Bordas has dropped another one by revealing how Barcelona missed out on Courtois, Haaland, and Morata.

Javier Bordas revealed how Barcelona decided against signing Erling Haaland, Thibaut Courtois, and Alvaro Morata.

The former club director has made some shocking comments in his interview with Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo, with Barcelona passing on the chance to sign Kylian Mbappe in favor of Ousmane Dembele a highlight.

And now Bordas has revealed the Blaugrana also decided against Haaland amid concerns the striker wouldn’t be a great fit.

“They told me he was not the right type of player for Barca,” Bordas said.

“I understand that [former president, Josep Maria] Bartomeu pays attention to the technical side. The truth is that players like these could have come, but then you don’t know what performance they are going to give.”

Another high-profile name Barcelona turned down is Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back in 2014, when he had just rejoined Chelsea from a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid.

“When I considered a move for Courtois I talked about it before with [former president, Sandro] Rosell,” explained Bordas. “He told me that if we could do something, we would do it.

“I made it possible to bring in Courtois and Zubi [Andoni Zubizarreta, former Barca director of football], with good judgment, said he wanted to sign [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen and we were right because he is the best in the world.

“We decided to bring in someone else, [Claudio] Bravo, a great goalkeeper, but maybe we could have had Courtois and Ter Stegen together.”

Former Real Madrid striker Morata, meanwhile, was close to a Camp Nou move in 2019 from Chelsea only for boyhood club Atletico Madrid to swoop in.

“The Morata deal was closed,” added Bordas.

“We met with his agent. It was a loan with a purchase option, but we did not get to formalize anything because Atletico found out, and given the relationship Juanma Lopez and Morata had with Atletico, they took him away.”