Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, French striker Kevin Gameiro revealed that he did indeed snub a move to Barcelona in favour of a transfer to Atletico Madrid from Sevilla.
“It was overwhelmingly a footballing decision. I knew that if I went to Barcelona, I would be the fourth choice attacker. My playing time would have diminished, I think. In fact, it was more likely that I would have stayed at Sevilla rather than going to Barcelona… Atletico Madrid are offering a very good project, with notably a new stadium in a year. Also, for three or four seasons, the team is not moving much. I was told that it was like a big family.”