Fabrizio Romano gives verdict on Erling Haaland’s next club; Barcelona eye four alternatives
The Erling Haaland transfer saga is well and truly starting to gather pace. Following an underwhelming season for Borussia Dortmund, there is no question of a prolonged spell in the Bundesliga.
La Liga has been earmarked as a potential destination, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona involved in the chase. The Spanish media has been on fire this midweek, highlighting Barcelona’s interest and their desire to give Manchester City a run for their money, in the race to sign the Norwegian.
Some reports even went on to reveal Haaland’s desire to play for Barcelona next season after holding talks with Xavi.
Reputed transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has recently chimed in on this saga, giving valuable insight into the current situation.
“Barcelona really want to try for Haaland, they have a fantastic relationship with Raiola. But Laporta knows that on the financial point it would be difficult for Barca to match City and Madrid. They’re trying to do something like a ‘miracle’ financially,” said the Italian journalist (h/t Madrid Xtra).
“I can’t really predict this one, I’m told that Haaland is really tempted to play in La Liga. But Man City’s offer is really good. He wants to be 100% sure of the project,” he added.
Romano’s update suggests the road is long and difficult for Barcelona, especially when it comes to meeting the financial requirements of a potential deal. There are even reports suggesting the whole operation could cost up to €250 million.
Fortunately for the fans, it appears the Barcelona hierarchy have already identified a list of alternatives, should they fail in the pursuit of Haaland, according to Catalan outlet SPORT.
The list features four strikers, including SL Benfica frontman Darwin Nunez, who scored twice against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, earlier in the season.
Other than Nunez, Barcelona are keeping tabs on two Bundesliga strikers in Patrik Schick and Andre Silva, along with Karim Adeyemi, although the German international is likely to join Borussia Dortmund next season (h/t BVB Newsblog), curiously as a replacement for Haaland.