Letters from Barcelona: Laporta, get to work


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Letters from Barcelona: Laporta, get to work

BARCELONA – Joan Laporta has taken action. After the euphoria of his victory at the polls, the nerves to close the issue of endorsements and the echoes of a coming-out that responded to expectation, he has begun his second stage at the club in top form. Surrounded by people of his total confidence in the board and transferred from day to day to executives of indisputable prestige, the new president of Barcelona works at full speed and on all fronts.

Messi, executive reshuffles, audits, Espai Barça, Koeman … Haaland. His pace is frenetic and pending to close the season in the best way, either in an economic matter trying to minimize as much as possible some losses that are suspected of being close to 350 million euros or looking at the grass, encouraged by the possibility of winning a double. that no one would have dreamed of three months ago, Laporta does not lose sight of the future with the challenge of bringing the club back to the fore and strives tirelessly.

He is clear about the priority of getting the captain’s renewal and in that sense, pending to know in depth the financial situation of the entity before presenting a proposal, he works in parallel to demonstrate his fixed, clear and indisputable spirit, of having a project sports to the required level.

If his closeness to Leo Messi proved indisputable from the first day, as well as the good disposition of a Leo delighted with the president, Laporta has been careful in other matters of great importance. The week began with the dismissal of two heavyweights during the term of Bartomeu (Albert Soler and Román Gómez Ponti), it continued on Tuesday with the new appointments in the vice presidencies of Antonio Escudero and Juli Guiu, it continued on Wednesday with its private lunch with Ronald Koeman in a downtown restaurant in the city and was catapulted on Thursday when his meeting with Mino Raiola became known to discuss the signing of Haaland.

Yes, Raiola traveled directly from Barcelona to Madrid to meet Florentino Pérez in what is suspected, it is understood, a tour that will take the agent to Manchester, Paris and, who knows, Munich … But, from the outset, Joan Laporta gave a blow on the table to show that neither the pandemic nor the disastrous legacy that Bartomeu has left him are enough to lower the ambition to keep the name of Barça in the foreground.

If in 2003 he recovered the illusion of Barcelona with the Ronaldinho flag, after 18 years he has returned with the same intention, intensity and determination, getting down to work without wasting time.


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