Barcelona decided to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng instead of Erling Håland last January

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Erling Haaland has definitely been one of the outstanding performers across Europe this season.

The 19-year-old striker tore it up for Red Bull Salzburg for the first half of the season, scoring 28 goals in 22 games across all competitions and breaking some notable records.

Having scored against Genk in the Champions League in November, he joined Alessandro Del Piero, Serhiy Rebrov, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in scoring in five consecutive Champions League group stage games and became the first teenager to do so.

And Haaland's eight goals in the tournament this season is the most any player has scored in their first five Champions League appearances.

His incredible form has attracted interest from a host of top clubs around Europe in the lead-up to the January transfer window opening, notably from Manchester United.

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But it was German giants Borussia Dortmund who won the race for his signature for an absolute bargain of just €20m (£17m), and it will be fascinating to see what the Leeds-born striker can do for the remainder of the season with a stronger team feeding him.

It has now transpired however, that he could well of been wearing a Barcelona shirt instead.

This time last year, they were in the market for a back-up striker to support the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

At the time, Haaland was starting to catch the eye with Norwegian side Molde, where he would end up scoring 14 goals in 39 appearances.

And whilst they weren't looking for a headline signing, Barcelona apparently deemed Haaland to be too raw and unproven, according to AS.

Instead, they elected to go for the wildcard signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng, formerly of the likes of Spurs, Portsmouth and AC Milan.

Boateng went on to make just three appearances during his spell on loan from Sassuolo, who then somehow convinced Fiorentina to buy him this season.

Barca will now be dreading the possibility of Haaland coming back to haunt them in years to come...

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