According to reliable journalist Oriol Domènech, Mino Raiola is rumoured to be interested in improving his bonds with Barcelona, and is ready to offer one of his star-clients in the process.
Raiola is one of football’s biggest agents, boasting of managing some world-class clients such as Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and of course the wonderkid Erling Haaland.
Undoubtedly, the last name is the one that entices fans around the globe the most. Breaking out at Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland made a name for himself with his sensational performances in the Champions League, earning him a move to Borussia Dortmund. His start to life at Dortmund could not have been better, as he cracked on with his first hattrick in Germany on his debut.
Moreover, he has pitched in with a nearly unbelievable 35 goals in 34 appearances for the Dortmund outfit since then, averaging a goal every 75 minutes in the Bundesliga — a ratio better than any other player in Bundesliga history to have scored 10 goals or more.
Unfortunately for what it is worth, Dortmund has been the club that can retain talent such as the Norwegian’s. In the past, they have had to let go of players such as Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, with Jadon Sancho continued to be linked out of the club as well. It is clear that Haaland has already outgrown the Yellow Wall and is ready to take the next step in his career.
That serves as good news for Barcelona fans, more than anyone, as they are in the market for a striker. Strongly linked to Lautaro Martinez in the past, a move failed to materialise owing to Inter Milan’s mammoth €120 million asking price. However, as it turns out, the Blaugrana could be getting the signature of a player termed as a generational talent for a mere €75 million — his release clause.
Undoubtedly, the €75 million will also carry the baggage of having Mino Raiola’s agent fee, which, in the past, has never failed to shock fans. Coupled that with his nature to keep his clients protected with never-ending controversial statements, it might be a deal that Barça will have to think through.
Joan Laporta is reportedly on good terms with the Italian, though, which could make the transition of working with him easier, if the Spaniard is elected president of Barcelona on 24th – or later, as has been reported recently. Either way, Barcelona cannot, and should not pass up the chance to sign one of the greatest talents in world football right now, especially since arch-rivals Real Madrid have set their eyes on a certain Kylian Mbappe.
Report: Arsenal target wishes to join Barcelona in the summer
According to a report published by ESPN, Houssem Aouar is ready to see off interest from Arsenal in the hope that one of Barcelona or Real Madrid will come calling for his services in the summer transfer window.
Aouar has been linked to Arsenal for over a year now, with the London outfit in dire need of a creative force in their midfield. The board, led by owners KSE, decided to splash out cash for Thomas Partey in the summer instead of going all-out for a more attack-minded midfielder, namely Aouar, who was available for the same amount.
Several underlying problems of the team have come to the forefront this season, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe underperforming. Consequently, 20-year-old Emil Smith Rowe, and 19-year-old Bukayo Saka have been sharing the burden of imagination in the team.
The decision not to pursue Aouar may have come back to bite them, though. Lyon are not ready to sell their most prized possession in the winter, especially given their position in the Ligue 1 table. The French outfit are just two points off the first-spot, and serious contenders for the title.
Additionally, Aouar, too, is ready to waive off interest from Arsenal in the hope of joining one of Real Madrid in the summer and his decision in June will ultimately depend on either club’s interest in for his signature. Barcelona have not been linked with a move for the 22-year-old but were in for a move for his partner in crime, Memphis Depay. Even that transfer seems to have fallen through now, after Ronald Koeman’s meeting with the presidential candidates.
Aouar has scored three goals and set up an additional three for his teammates in the league this season and remains one of the best midfielders in the French league. However, for all his quality, a spot in Barcelona’s midfield may be tough to come by, though, given the meteoric rise of Pedri, and the promise shown by the likes of Riqui Puig and Ilaix Moriba. Their arch-rivals, Madrid, however, may have a spot opening soon enough, with Luka Modric on the last juncture of his career.