Barcelona spurned the opportunity to sign Real Madrid star Luka Modric in 2008, according to one of Barca’s former scouts.
Modric signed for Tottenham in 2008 and established himself as one of the Premier League’s top midfielders before moving to Real four years later.
The Croatian is now regarded as one of the world’s finest playmakers, but he could have ended up at Madrid’s deadly rivals Barcelona.
Former Barca scout Bojan Krkic, father of the Stoke forward of the same name, says the Catalans’ short-term mentality at the time prevented them from making a move for Modric.
“We had him in our hands,” Krkic told SER Catalunya. “Modric was a player with a winning mentality, but back then the club did not think about the future, only in the short to medium term.
“Our contact in Croatia told us wonderful things about Modric before he signed for Tottenham.
“I consulted [Zvonimir] Boban, formerly of Milan and the Croatian national team, and he told me Modric would be a future star of world football.
“We travelled to Modric to meet him. We were chatting along with his girlfriend. We had a coffee.
“He made a big impression on me – he spoke very fluid English and he looked intelligent, smart and cultured. Very calm.”