Barcelona turned down the opportunity to complete a part-exchange transfer with Tottenham when the Premier League side signed Emerson Royal, according to reports. Royal had a debut to forget as his Spurs side lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Royal arrived in a £25million deal on transfer deadline day, with Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo keen to sign a new right back.
Barca had a frustrating transfer window and were forced to sell several players due to their debt.
They also struggled to register several new signings due to a La Liga rule preventing clubs from spending over a certain amount of their turnover on wages.
It is the same regulation that prevented them from re-signing Lionel Messi to a new contract after his deal expired at the end of June. The legendary forward has sensationally since joined Paris Saint-Germain.
“I didn’t understand anything about what was happening because I didn’t know anything. In the afternoon the club called me to go to the training ground because they wanted to talk to me, and there I found out that they wanted to sell me.
“I met the leaders of the club. They began to tell me that the club’s financial situation was not good, that they were going through a difficult moment and that it was better for them to sell me.
“I repeated to them that my intention was to stay because I had the dream of playing here and contributing things to Barcelona.”
He continued: “Used is not the word, but I was hurt by the way it was done. They could have done it differently. There were better ways to fix things.
“When I arrived, I was sure that Barcelona did not want to sell me. But seeing what happened I am clear that when they signed me they already had the idea of selling me in mind.”