Both Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata were considered as transfer targets by Barcelona, before joining Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively.
Courtois and Morata could have gone to Barcelona had former vice president Jordi Mestre had his way.
Thibaut Courtois had been on Chelsea’s books for several years but spent time on loan at Atletico Madrid.
He was eventually recalled back to Stamford Bridge and assumed the mantle of number 1 from Petr Cech.
During that time Barcelona was seeking a new long term number one. A potential candidate was now Real Madrid number one Thibaut Courtois.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Mestre reveals who had the final decision.
“There was insistent talk of signing Courtois, but they finally brought in [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen at the discretion of Zubizarreta.”
Morata, on the other hand, was a little different, there were some concerns.
“There were two issues with Morata.”
“One concerned controlling the club’s budget which Pep Segura was in charge of.”
“He was always extremely careful about not going over budget.”
“Then there was the sporting side.”
“Morata was an international and, therefore, not the kind of player who should be sat on the bench in every game.”
“He didn’t want to be a substitute and the atmosphere within the squad was very good.”
“If he had joined, it would have unsettled that but, as I say, it’s not the players who make those decisions.”