The Catalans had interest in two players who are now Juventus's property
Vlahovic and Locatelli, two of Juventus’s most recent big signings, were being looked at by Barcelona. The club were seriously interested in bringing in the pair but for different reasons, they did not come. Ramon Planes explained this in an interview with Gianluca di Marzio.
“We thought about both of them. Dusan Vlahovic is very good. Two years ago we thought about a loan, we were interested in that but it was not possible. Manuel Locatelli is a player with Barcelona’s style, very good and he had a big breakout at Sassuolo. We were close but Juventus is a strong rival, they are attractive for Italian players and in the end he decided to go to Juve.”
Planes also spoke about Lautaro Martinez, a former target. “Lautaro was very close to Barca. The negotiations had started before Covid. We had many meetings with his agents and Inter directors, with whom we had an excellent relationship. Then came the pandemic and things changed.”