14/03/2022; 4:26 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Statements by Barca president Joan Laporta hint that such a deal is too risky for the Catalans to pursue.
Barcelona are looking good once again, with the team playing well and scoring goals. The Catalan giants look like the Barca of yore as they dismantle teams set before them. Not long ago, very few players would have wanted to play at Barcelona. They were a side in turmoil, and their style was not pleasant on the eye. The tiki-taka merchants had departed from their ethos due to the financial mess they found themselves in.
Due to financial fair play, it was impossible for La Blaugrana to sign players in the summer. They were enmeshed in massive debts that were crippling the club. They had to go to the scrap heaps to get players. Joan Laporta did weave some magic and create room to manoeuvre, but a few players arrived in January.
Despite the debts hanging on Barcelona’s neck like a millstone, the club has had its eyes on Erling Haaland. Laporta promised to bring the Norwegian to the Nou Camp. He made efforts towards fulfilling the promise, but it looks like the dream would end up as a mirage.
Joan Laporta is not one known to use words lightly. The Barca president usually mulls his words carefully and chooses what to say. When Laporta promised Barcelona fans that he would bring Haaland to Camp Nou, everyone took him seriously.
Over the past few months, links to Haaland had been rife, but Laporta seems to be growing cold feet. The Barcelona president has made statements that suggest the interest in Haaland is nothing but media fabrication.
The Borussia Dortmund striker is hot cake and should leave the Bundesliga side this summer. Barcelona was among the clubs on the queue to sign the player, but Laporta may have doused the hopes of Cules, who looked forward to his arrival.
Speaking to Esport3, Laporta said the economic situation of Barcelona makes signing the Norwegian an arduous task. Laporta said he had to work in the best interests of the club. According to Laporta, there are operations Barcelona wouldn’t do.
Laporta claims that [Mateu] Alemany, Jordi [Cruyff] and the technical secretary are putting heads together on improving the squad. The Barca president said the club was interested in bringing in quality players.
The Daily Mail claims that Haaland has agreed to join Manchester City in the summer. The Premier League side would activate a 75-million-euro release clause in his contract with Dortmund. With the news unconfirmed, Real Madrid is also interested in the Norwegian. Rumours suggest that Los Blancos have completed a deal for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, but Florentino Perez is still keen to add more star power to the squad.