Barcelona’s interest in Erling Haaland has been well-known for quite some time now and as per the latest reports by ESPN, the Catalan club has officially made the first move towards bringing the Norwegian striker to Camp Nou.
Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, and agent Mino Raiola have met President Joan Laporta in Barcelona on Thursday as a first step to assess the viability of the move. Barca’s sporting director, Mateu Alemany was also present in the meeting with the talks in their very early stages.
Ever since his arrival, Laporta has made no secret of his desire to bring Haaland to Barca and has identified the forward as the cornerstone on which he wants to build his project for the 2021-22 season. Laporta sees the 20-year-old as a strategic signing that would strengthen Barca for many years to come and one that he can’t afford to lose to his opponents.
However, there is an acceptance that Barcelona’s dire financial situation will make it difficult to reach an agreement, with Real Madrid and Manchester City emerging as serious contenders as well.
Nevertheless, Laporta is hopeful that his long-standing relationship with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola could steer the forward his way. According to sources, Barca’s technical director, Roman Planes could also be key in the deal with the Spaniard having the trust of Raiola.
Dortmund is well aware of the first contact between Barcelona and Haaland’s representatives and the german club expects further clubs to seek a transfer with the player.
Barcelona on the other hand is investigating the lines of credit that would allow them to make the signing a reality. Haaland’s transfer is viewed by the Catalan club as a major statement to world football and something that will be crucial in their bid to retain Captain Lionel Messi.
Furthermore, Barca is also working on reducing their wage bill by identifying the players that can be offloaded in the coming transfer window. It will be important for the Catalans to move highly paid players such as Phillipe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, and even Antoine Griezmann to have a fair shot at signing Haaland.
What is to come in the future for Haaland and Barca remains to be seen, but with recent developments at Camp Nou, there should be plenty of hope that the Norwegian dons the Blaugrana colours next season. What’s most important, is that Haaland’s agent informed Laporta that the player welcomes the idea of playing in Barcelona.