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Real Salt Lake striker Rossi: Barcelona move was close

Real Salt Lake striker Giuseppe Rossi has spoken of how close he came close to signing for Barcelona earlier in his career.

Rossi joined the MLS club as a free agent after recovering from knee injury.

"The 2010/11 season with Villarreal was extraordinary," Rossi told Sky Sports.

"I was the best after [Lionel] Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and I was attracting interest from Barcelona.

"The contract was established but there were disagreements between the clubs over payment: Villarreal wanted the fixed part to be bigger than the bonus and Barcelona wanted the opposite.

"As soon as Barcelona understood what Villarreal wanted, they changed their objectives and I didn't end up going."

The Italian also revealed that there was interest from clubs back home too.

"When [Antonio] Conte arrived at Juventus, I was really close to going there, but Villarreal told me that they were only selling [Santi] Cazorla and couldn't let me go too," Rossi said.

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