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Report: Laporta wants to replace Coutinho and Griezmann with Erling Haaland

Alexandre Patanian

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After Victor Font, another presidential candidate spoke about his project. This time, Cuatro reports that the former Barcelona chief Joan Laporta wants to do some serious transfer business.

The former Blaugrana president reportedly wants to sell Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann to free up some money, and ultimately sign Borussia Dortmund’s promising forward Erling Braut Haaland. Coutinho and Griezmann were big-money signings but failed to live up to expectations at Camp Nou.

Griezmann started to find form before the Cadiz game, but has been quiet ever since. Coutinho started the season really well but his form has been dire too. In contrast, Haaland came into the scene last year and has never stopped scoring. With Dortmund, Haaland is one of the best strikers in the world, making the 20-year-old a very promising investment.

Haaland is a client of super-agent Mino Raiola, and reports claim that Laporta’s galactico signing is the super-agent himself. Raiola knows that the former president helped him become what he is today, and is willing to facilitate the signings of his many clients in world football in case Laporta becomes president again.

The fact that the two record signings have not paid off and the Covid-19’s negative financial effect on Barcelona forces them to sell in order to buy bigger. Laporta is aware of that, and his plan seems logical to most fans. Some Culés may have felt that his rival Victor Font shot himself in the foot when he said that ‘Neymar does not have a place at Camp Nou‘. According to the latest reports, Laporta might just have the edge in the race.

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Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.

According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.

And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.

Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.

When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.

But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.

Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.

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