Speaking in an interview with Marca, former Barcelona advisor Ariedo Braida claimed the LaLiga outfit turned down the chance to sign Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland before his meteoric rise as the club felt he did not have the profile to fit in at Camp Nou.

I was studying players and I wrote down some names like Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, when he was still playing in Norway. But at the club, they told me no, that he didn’t have the Barcelona profile. I also suggested other players from Italy, like [Nicolo] Barella, who is now at Inter, or [Nicolo] Zaniolo, who plays at Roma. But if you don’t have the responsibility to do this because it has been given to others, you can’t do anything. I was isolated.