BARCELONA – Barcelona will insist on the signing of Erling Haaland after the meeting that Joan Laporta held last week with the player’s father and with the player’s agent, but several sources have admitted to ESPN that today “they see it very difficult” that a deal can be concluded for the Borussia Dortmund striker.
The president of Barcelona is excited about being able to get the promising Norwegian striker to end up signing with the Catalan club. However, the high competition for his signing and the delicate economic situation that the Catalan entity is going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic can frustrate everything.
Laporta met for more than two hours with Mino Raiola and the footballer’s father, Alf-Inge, in order to establish the basis for future talks. However, that same day they also had a meeting with representatives of Real Madrid and several Premier League teams are on the prowl.
At an economic level, it must be remembered that Barcelona’s debt amounts to almost 1,200 million euros and the club is obliged to reduce the salary mass with the departure of players next summer. Laporta, on the day he was inaugurated president, assured that he should make courageous decisions in the near future, which is why a busy summer is expected.
In the Camp Nou offices they consider that the next transfer window will be similar to the last one, in which Barcelona let out important players with very high salaries such as Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.
Despite everything, Laporta continues to work side by side with Mateu Alemany, director of the football area, Ronald Koeman, team coach, and Ramon Planes, technical secretary, knowing that in the summer of 2022 Haaland has an exit clause of 75 million of euros.
Borussia will ask for 180 million euros for Haaland’s freedom this summer, while Raiola described as “false” the information that claimed that they had requested a token of 30 million for the player as well as a transfer bonus of 40 million, half for the player’s father and the other half for the attacker’s agent.
Haaland also has suitors in the Premier League. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United would be in the race along with Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola warned last week that “with these prices we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it.”
Returning to Barcelona, Koeman continues to insist on signing Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyonnais, who is free this summer and would arrive for free after the Barça club tried to sign him last October without success.
Eric Garcia’s name is also on the table. Negotiations are progressing well, but it is not completely closed, although they are “optimistic” at Barça.