Currently on a two-season loan at La Liga side Sevilla, Barcelona are reportedly considering recalling the Spaniard, who spent time at the Etihad.
Manchester City fans have been served with another reminder of the one that got away – Denis Suarez – after it was reported that his fine form on-loan at Sevilla could be enough to see parent club Barcelona recall him sooner than expected.
According to a report from Catalan daily Sport, the midfielder, who is on a two-season loan deal with the Andalusian club, has impressed those behind the scenes at the Nou Camp with Sevilla currently riding high in the Primera Division.
Under the terms of their current agreement the Seville club have the option of signing the 20-year-old on a permanent deal for €6 million come the end of his temporary deal, though that contract also gives Barcelona the option of bringing the player back to Camp Nou for €9m.
However, Sport claims that, with the four-time Champions League winners facing a potential transfer imbargo, Barcelona are now looking into recalling Suarez after seeing how well he has fared at Sevilla.
The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Spain, having started his career at Celta before moving to Manchester City for an initial £850,000 in 2011.
But despite the fanfare that greeted his arrival, and the fact City beat off interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to land the Spaniard, Suarez failed to make a single first-team appearance for the club in the Premier League and ultimately moved back to Spain two-years later for an undisclosed fee.
Now earning such rave reviews that he could soon be in line for a starting place at the Nou Camp, Manchester City will be desperate to avoid making the same kind of mistakes with Jose Angel Pozo – the young Spanish star who scored for the Sky Blues at the Etihad in the League Cup.
Fail to give the youngster enough opportunities and the club may one day see him starring elsewhere.