Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Erling Haaland after Barcelona ruled themselves out of a move for the Borussia Dortmund goalscorer next summer.
Haaland, who has scored 47 goals in 48 Bundesliga games since joining Dortmund last year, is expected to leave the German club next summer when a £63.7m release clause becomes active in his contract.
United are among some of the world’s biggest clubs chasing the Norway international, including Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Barcelona was one of clubs visited by Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge Haaland during a tour of potential new teams for the striker earlier this year.
However, it has now been confirmed by the club’s vice president Rafael Yuste that due to their ongoing financial crisis, they will not be able to compete for the 20-year-old next year, who is also expected to demand big wages.
‘No [we can’t afford him],’ Yuste said.
‘The president and the CEO said it, that in the previous term, which I also reiterate that it has been disastrous, they bought players without knowing if they could pay and that all they did was increase the debt, in addition to finding us the mass salary that we have encountered.
‘Between now and next year we will see what the situation is and what we can count on for signings.’
Yuste did however fail to rule out a move for the Norway captain in the future.
‘First you have to put the partitions in a house that we have found in ruins, so let’s focus first on fortifying it, first feed the household and then we’ll see what we can do,’ he added.
‘Without losing sight of the fact that we always want to have the best, and Haaland, he is one of the best in the world.’
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