According to a report by El Chiringuito TV, Barcelona Presidential candidate Joan Laporta is ready to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund when and if he becomes President of the club. The report states that Mino Raiola — Haaland’s agent — is a good friend of Laporta, which will help them smooth negotiations over.
The Norwegian signed for Dortmund last season in January from Red Bull Salzburg after taking the Champions League by storm. His decision came on the back of a clause he wanted to include in his contract, surrounding his release clause, which is set at €75 million.
Haaland has recently been awarded the Golden Boy Award – a prize given out by Tuttosport to the best U21 player playing in Europe’s top flight. He accumulated 302 points, and had a substantial 63 point difference over Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, who was the runner-up.
The striker has taken the world by storm and has scored ten goals in seven appearances in the Bundesliga, and six in four games in the UEFA Champions League. Signing him, or Neymar is a priority for several Barcelona Presidential candidates.
The Barcelona elections are set to take place in the last week of January, with the results being announced after the end of the January transfer window. Joan Laporta is among the top two leading candidates for the spot, having led the the club to a treble during his spell as President in 2009. He will have to fight against Victor Font, who has emerged as a fan-favourite, with Jordi Farre as a dark horse.
Lautaro Martínez talks about the summer rumours of playing alongside Messi
It has been quite a while since we’ve last heard about any concrete rumours of Lautaro Martínez potentially joining Barcelona. The Argentine striker was previously a hot target for the Catalans but following a long hassling period with Inter, and some untimely financial issues, the Azulgranas had to abandon their quest.
Now, other players seem to take priority over the young star as Ronald Koeman looks to strengthen the squad even further. However, back in Italy where Martínez is currently playing, the media seem to still have some interest in that particular story.
Recently, the Argentine was asked about the summer rumours of him wanting to play alongside his compatriot, Lionel Messi. The quotes were given to Gazzetta dello Sport but were relayed by Calciomercato.
“It [playing with Messi] was a dream for me too, of course, because playing with him is fantastic. He is the best player in the world. I am lucky enough to play in the national team with him. We, young people, look up to him,” said Lautaro.
These statements don’t come as a particularly big surprise to many. As he mentions himself, young players look up to Leo and who wouldn’t want to share the pitch with him?
Seeing Martínez at the Camp Nou, however, would be extremely difficult given the club’s current circumstances and Inter’s unwillingness to lower their asking price. He is a talent, though, and that much has to be said.
Maybe the transfer can happen further down the line but at the moment, playing with Messi, apart from the national team, could remain a distant dream for the young Argentine star.