Sao Paulo centre-back Rodrigo Caio revealed he had undergone a medical with Barcelona before they signed Jeison Murillo
The Colombian defender arrived at Camp Nou on loan from Valencia until the end of the season for a reported €2m with an option of a permanent deal included for €25m.
Barcelona made their move for Murillo in light of an injury crisis which saw Samuel Umtiti sidelined with a knee problem and Thomas Vermaelen out for another month with a calf injury.
But Rodrigo Caio has announced that he was also in contention for a move to Barcelona before they opted for Murillo instead.
“I did the medical and it was positive,” Rodrigo Caio told GloboEsporte. “They had two options: Murillo or me, and they signed him.
“It had already happened and by the time I left the test room, Murillo was chosen.
“Just knowing there is interest from them leaves me happy. It’s a sign that they’re following me and know my potential.”
Despite the obvious disappointment over the failed move to Barcelona, Rodrigo Caio remains hopeful of playing European football one day in the future.
“Of course you get frustrated, but it’s part of football,” the 25-year-old added. “I think positively, it has never been easy for me and it won’t be easy now.
“I’m staying calm and firm, knowing I have three more years on my contract at Sao Paulo.
“I feel calm waiting for an opportunity and one day I want to play in Europe.”