Barcelona reactivates its interest in signing Erling Haaland

BARCELONA – Barcelona keeps Erling Haaland as its priority objective in the transfer market in the summer of 2022 and in this sense Joan Laporta took advantage of his stay in Italy to meet with the representative of the Norwegian footballer, Mino Raiola, sources confirmed to ESPN Digital .

The Barça president traveled to Turin leading the club’s delegation that accompanied Pedri to receive the Golden Boy award and had a meeting with the agent, in which he reaffirmed his desire to incorporate the Borussia Dortmund striker, which he has maintained since he won the elections to the presidency in the month of March.

Although Barça is aware of its current unfavorable situation with respect to other great rivals on the continent, the incorporation of Haaland is considered a first-order coup both at the sporting and media level and having the consensus of the club, convincing Raiola is known as the primary step to carry out the operation.

The Norwegian striker (17 goals in 13 games this season and 74 in 73 since he arrived at Borussia Dortmund in January 2020) maintains a contract with the German club until June 2024 but with an exit clause valued at 75 million euros next summer … Which is the least of the problems for the club that wants to get their services.

In December 2019, when Borussia signed Haaland to FC Salzburg, he had to face in addition to the 20 million euros of the transfer (a modest amount), another 35 that were distributed between the player’s father and his representative, some amounts that are now estimated to be much higher and that would be above 50 … Not counting the salary required for the footballer himself, no less than 20 million per season.

In this sense, the president of Barça, who maintains a good relationship with Raiola since he signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan in 2009, and with whom he already had a first meeting in April, transferred to the agent his undisputed commitment to the Norwegian , seen as a strategic signing to change the dynamics of the club to which he would arrive as an undisputed star as happened in 2003 with Ronaldinho.

Laporta, in this case, would have asked Raiola to lower his financial requirements as far as possible in terms of the commissions to be received in the operation to make it more viable, not ruling out that their conversations could be extended to other players represented by the agent .

And there is speculation about the possible signing of the 24-year-old Dutch side of Moroccan nationality Noussair Mazraoui, who ends his contract in June 2022 with Ajax … and for whom an interest from Real Madrid was known in November.

In order to understand the operation viable, Barcelona has changed its vision with the LaLiga proposal and reopened negotiations with the US fund CVC, to which it was opposed in the summer and with which it could close an entente in the coming weeks, which would provide it with a economic injection close to 250 million euros.

With this economic boost, the Barça club could consider entering the immediate winter market more comfortably, although it would be more for the summer of 2022 when it would enjoy better prospects, always with Haaland in the foreground.