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‘He was on Barcelona’s list in January’ - Nicolo Zaniolo’s agent reveals interest from Xavi’s side

But finances were a problem

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Nicolo Zaniolo’s agent has claimed that Barcelona wanted to sign the midfielder in January but missed out for financial reasons.

Claudio Vigorelli has told Relevo that the 23-year-old was on the club’s shopping list.

“He was on Barcelona’s list in January, it’s true — they appreciated him but unfortunately it was not possible,” he said.

Zaniolo ended up signing for Turkish side Galatasaray from Roma after asking to leave the Serie A side.

The Italy international wasn’t the only player linked with a move to Barcelona in the winter transfer window.

Barca were also keen on bringing in Sofyan Amrabat but couldn’t get a deal over the line for hte midfielder either.

It ended up being a quiet window for Barcelona but things may be very different at the end of the season.

Mateu Alemany has already admitted he’s expecting an “interesting summer” at the Camp Nou.

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