​Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco has confirmed that Barcelona made approaches to sign him before he left Juventus for the MLS last year.

The 28-year-old has flourished in America, scoring 22 goals, providing 16 assists and winning the MLS MVP award and golden boot as well as finishing with the highest amount of assists in a single season.

Barcelona have been on the market for an inexpensive forward for the past year with Nolito rumored to be their top target but Giovinco has confirmed that the Catalan side made tentative approaches to sign him before he left Juventus last year.

“Although it seems like a lie, it’s true that there was contact with Barcelona. There was nothing concrete, but there were approaches,” the Italy international said according to quotes published by ​AS.

The 'atomic ant', however, is by no means regretful of the decision he made to leave Serie A for the MLS - not yet.

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“I’m very happy with the decision I made. I can’t wait for the league to start again. I do miss Juventus, but I’m happy in Canada. Maybe in a few years I’ll regret making the switch, but at the moment I don’t.”

Giovinco also hinted at a possible return to Juventus in the future, saying: “I’m a stubborn person but I’m not saying that I want to go back at this stage.”