“The subject of [Bronze] moved very quickly,” Barca general manager Markel Zubizarreta told Mundo Deportivo earlier this month. “We knew that she had just finished her contract. It is a profile of players that almost everyone wants to come to Barca. Yes, everything happens very quickly because the first contact is made by herself, not by us.”
“Her agent called us and asked us if we are interested, and from there everything is triggered. A few people in the club knew about it because it was very fast and on her part I think they also knew very little about it.”
Zubizarreta also denied that Barcelona had forked out a world-record transfer fee for Walsh, which is believed to be well in excess of £300,000.