Barcelona had the opportunity to bring Fernando Torres back to his homeland.
According to skysports.com, Torres' representatives claimed to have presented the deal of £50 million ($80 million) to the Barcelona club to acquire the Spanish striker. However, the club could not fathom spending that much money for a bid.
Torres, 26, made the switch from Liverpool to Chelsea on the winter transfer deadline, Jan. 31. Though they could have had a chance at the skilled attacker, Barcelona passed on the hefty price tag.
One of Catalan's club directors, Raul Sanllehi, explained that signing Torres was not even an option, and was surprised at money spent by Chelsea.
"Yes it was overpriced," he said. "I know Barcelona would not do that signing. We would not even consider it."
According to the report, Barcelona had some initial interest in Torres, who scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League appearances with Liverpool.
Chelsea's spending went beyond the Torres deal, as they also purchased David Luiz from Benfica for approximately £25 million ($40 million). Liverpool was no stranger to dishing out high-priced contracts as well, as they purchased Andy Carroll for £35 million ($56 million) and Luis Suarez for £22.8 million ($36.1 million).
"I was shocked by the amount spent, especially in the winter time," Sanllehi said of the Premier League spending. "I felt the amount was very high."
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