Sebastian Giovinco not interested in Barcelona, Serie A but open to China
Sebastian Giovinco has confirmed that Barcelona were once interested in signing him, but the Toronto FC forward said he never considered moving to a team where he would rarely play.
The player's agent, Andrea D'Amico, discussed Barcelona's link to his client this week while revealing the 30-year-old has received two major offers from Chinese Super League clubs.
Giovinco told Sky Sports Italia that he did not want to serve as a reserve at Barcelona while also ruling out a return to his native Italy -- but he left open a potential move China.
"It's true, in the past there was interest from Barcelona, but I'd have been a ball boy there. With those three stars in attack, I wouldn't play at all," Giovinco said.
"I wasn't interested because I wanted to play. Neymar, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez would've played even with one leg and still made the difference, so there was no point in me being there."
The Italian forward has just completed his second season in Major League Soccer with Toronto but despite seeing his place in the Italy squad slip away from him while he has been playing in North America, he says he does not harbour any plans to return home to Serie A.
At the same time, however, he says he is considering a move to China, even though his preference would appear to be a stay in MLS.
"I don't miss Italy," he said. "I'm happy here and, for now, I don't have any intention of returning. Since I left Juventus, who are still the best club in Italy, I have never even thought of going to play for another Italian club.
"I'm happy here in Toronto and [going back to Italy] is not something I'm thinking about. Losing in the MLS final last season still pains me -- it was a huge disappointment because the city, just like Canada, had never got so far, but we're going to try to go one step further."
But that is just as long as Toronto and Giovinco do not give in to the temptation of a move to the Far East.
"The market in China is on fire and I've been told that there is interest, so we'll see," added the 30-year-old. "We'll talk about it with Toronto. I'm happy here and we'll have to see what the club wants to do.
"My agent has told me about an offer, but he hasn't told me which club it's from."