Sources told the ESPN that the two-and-a-half-hour meeting – attended by Raiola, Alf-Inge Haaland, Laporta and Barça’s new football director, Mateu Alemany – was a first step in exploring the viability of a business, with conversations in their stages initials.
The Norwegian sensation, aged 20, scored 49 goals in 49 games for the Borussia Dortmund, since he was signed by the Bundesliga club in January 2020 to Red Bull Salzburg.
A termination clause in your contract will not take effect until 2022, and the ESPN informed that Dortmund would accept 180 million euros (R $ 1.1 billion) this summer.
Sources told the ESPN that Laporta believes that Haaland would be a strategic signing that would strengthen Barça for a decade or more, in addition to preventing him from joining a rival club.
However, there is an acceptance that the financial situation of the Catalan club will make it difficult to reach an agreement, as well as the competitors Real Madrid e Manchester City.
Barça is aware that a move to Madrid would be attractive to Haaland, while City’s economic firepower makes him a serious candidate.
Laporta and super agent Raiola have a strong and long-standing relationship, but these conversations are the first official contact about a possible business for Haaland.
Sources said the role of Barcelona’s technical secretary, Ramon Planes – whom Raiola knows and trusts – could also be key.
Barça considered a move to Haaland in 2020, before an offer was dropped by then-sporting director Eric Abidal.
The club is investigating credit lines that make a deal possible, just as it did for the hiring of Antoine Griezmann in 2019.
Sources told the ESPN that Haaland’s profile as a young and promising talent fits into the new team of Ronald Koeman of Barcelona.
His signature would also be seen as an important statement and a powerful argument to convince Lionel Messi to renew his contract, which expires this summer.
Barça is also working on reducing the wage bill – even more if Messi decides to stay – and would need to go through high-income people like Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and even Griezmann.
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