Barcelona wanted to sign Naby Keita last summer according to RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff.
The midfielder has agreed a deal to join Liverpool next year after the Reds paid his £48 million release clause.
However, he could apparently have been heading to Camp Nou if Barca had pushed a bit harder.
“FC Barcelona was interested in Naby Keïta," he said.
"That was confirmed to us also from Barcelona. However, they were not as drive as Liverpool."
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It was a pretty chaotic summer in the transfer market from Barca who were linked with several midfielders and came close to a deal for Jean-Michael Seri.
That deal ultimately fell through with Barca bringing in Paulinho instead.