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.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.