Erling Braut Haaland, the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward taking Europe. by storm this season, was one of the players looked at by Barcelona as they search for a long-term heir for striker Luis Suarez.
Haaland excelled at Red Bull Salzburg earlier this season, earning him a move to Dortmund in January. He's hit the ground running in German and scored twice in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Barça decided against making a move for the Norwegian international for various reasons.
The economic conditions put on the table bu the clubs and people involved forced many clubs -- including Barça, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus -- to take a step back and leave Dortmund free to swoop in.
In addition to the 20 million euros Salzburg wanted, suitors also had to pay millions in commission. The player's father, Alf-Inge Haaland, wanted eight million euros; his agent, Mino Raiola, wanted no less than 15 million; and Haaland himself requested eight million per season.
Dortmund also had to include a release clause in the striker's contract -- his deal expires in 2024 -- which states that from 2021, any interested club can sign him for 75 million.
With all those conditions on the table, Barça were not convinced they should pay so much for a player they felt, at the time, did not fit the profile of player they were seeking.
The objective at the time was a No.9 in the style of Luis Suarez, someone capable of resolving things inside the area but who is also useful outside the box. They felt Haaland, as prolific as he's been, is a pure No.9, although he may go on to prove them wrong.