Ghana U23 star Gideon Mensah has confirmed to that the reports that linked him to FC Barcelona during the summer transfer window was not a hoax.

The Red Bull Salzburg defender impressed scouts during a pre-season friendly against Real Madrid and that performance alerted a number of other European clubs as well.

Barca discussed the prospect of a temporary switch that would see the 21-year-old train with their first team and play for the club’s second team in the Spanish Segunda.

In the end, no concrete offer was made by the Spanish giants and he joined Belgian top-flight side Zulte Waragem on a season-long loan deal.

”Yes it was true but the only thing that will keep people doubting was they never came to Red Bull to make a proposal but I had a call from one guy [agent] that they are working on this for me and that it was true and they had to make a board meeting,’’ Mensah said in an exclusive interview with

”The next day I saw news on the Internet. One guy sent it to me from Ghana I and opened it and I read Gideon might go the Barcelona B and trained with the first and I called this agent and asked ‘‘Did you tell anybody about this move?’’ He was like No and then he calls Spain and in Spain it was also in the press because there was one scout from Barcelona who published the news out already.

”The only was that they (Barcelona) didn’t come to Red Bull.”