BARCELONA – Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling Haaland’s father, arrived in Barcelona this Thursday morning, being received at the airport’s private flight terminal by Joan Laporta’s driver, with whom the renowned agent met to know the intentions and availability of Barcelona to attack the signing of the Norwegian striker.
The president of Barcelona, accompanied by the new football director of the club Mateu Alemany, held the meeting with Raiola and Haaland’s father for about two hours during which he transferred the Barça disposition to secure the signing of the player, understanding on the part of the representative as a first contact, direct and ‘official’, between the two parties.
Despite its complicated financial situation, the Barça club maintains Haaland as the number one target in the transfer market, even knowing that achieving his incorporation this coming summer would require a disbursement calculated at 180 million euros, since the exit clause that he has in his contract with Borussia Dortmund, of 75 million, is stated to be established for the summer of 2022.
Laporta, who during the electoral campaign for the Barcelona presidential elections already warned that “nothing is impossible” referring to the possible signing of Haaland, has maintained a very good relationship with Raiola from his first stage at the helm of the Barça club, a circumstance that is esteem could favor him in conversations that, nevertheless, are considered very laborious considering the initial position of Borussia Dortmund, which considers the goalscorer untransferable from the outset.
Haaland, who has scored 33 goals in 31 official matches this season with the German club, maintains a contract until June 2024, with the exit clause explained that would come into force two years earlier and is, along with French Kylian Mbappé, the most desired player of continental football, having been linked in recent months with top-line clubs such as Real Madrid, Manchester City or Bayern Munich, as well as Barcelona, as it is considered a strategic signing for the coming seasons.
If in the City he would be presented as the immediate successor of Sergio Agüero, who will leave the club at the end of this season, in the need to strengthen the scoring ability of Guardiola’s team, in Munich he is considered as the natural heir to Robert Lewandowski, from 32 years old and whose contract with Bayern expires in 2023.
In Madrid Florentino Pérez also considers Haaland as an indisputable figure on which to support Real’s future project, after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and with the aim of rejuvenating the merengue squad, but together with all this, the imperative need is known Barcelona to find a successor to Luis Suárez, whose departure the Barça club has failed to replace this season.
The signing of the Norwegian striker is seen around the Camp Nou as a coup for Laporta similar to the one he made in the summer of 2003, on his first arrival to the presidency of Barcelona, when he incorporated Ronaldinho into the profound remodeling that led to held in the template of the time.
To get Haaland now, in the next summer market, would undoubtedly be a major blow … No matter how exciting a mission is ventured from the sporting point of view as it is difficult from the financial point of view. Raiola’s trip to Barcelona is, in any case, a first-rate warning.