Mino Raiola holds meeting with Barcelona over Haaland

15/12/2021; 3:13 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Very few players come close to the marketability of Erling Haaland. The Norwegian is in imperious form, but it looks like his days at Borussia Dortmund are numbered. Borussia Dortmund have an enormous task before them.

With a rising profile and playing for a club that does not have the financial muscle to fend off the vultures, Haaland has become the beautiful bride, and his suitors are gearing up to lure him to their side.

While many clubs in Europe are eyeing the Norwegian striker, Barcelona may have stolen a march on the rest of the pack. The club has met with the player’s agent to convince him to join the Catalan side.

Hawking Haaland to Europe’s elite

To many, Mino Raiola is a shyster, but one cannot deny the man knows his onions. Raiola is good at what he does and has extracted top dollar for his clients. The Dutch-Italian agent represents some of the best players in the world. Among his clients include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The 54-year-old agent is at it again as he shops around for suitors for Haaland. Despite their financial limitations, Barcelona is not shying away from dreaming big. On Monday, they made their first move towards snaring Haaland in a meeting with Mino Raiola in Italy.

Barcelona have reportedly made the first move in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after arranging a meeting with his agent Mino Raiola in Italy on Monday.

Raiola recently dropped hints that next summer could see his client leaving Germany.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Raiola has been conducting meetings towards a January transfer. The report says Raiola met with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and sportingctor Mateu Alemany. The meeting took place in Turin this week.

The report insinuates that Haaland was one of the topics discussed with Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

Top form, but leaving on the cheap

Haaland has been in tremendous form since arriving at Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg for £17million. He has kept pace with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski with 74 goals in 72 appearances.

He has been unrelenting this season, with 17 goals in 13 appearances.

Haaland could leave the club on the cheap due to a release clause in his contract. A move to Chelsea failed after Dortmund placed a £160 million price on the player. 2022 could see the Norwegian sensation leave for much cheaper, thanks to the release clause in his contract that goes into effect from July 1. Haaland could leave for £68 million.

Clubs that land the player include Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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