Erling Haaland’s ‘time in England will come’ says pundit
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Barcelona are losing the race to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund following talks with Mino Raiola, reports say. The Norway international is wanted by Joan Laporta to mark his second spell as president. But any move for the forward will be difficult to strike in this summer’s transfer window.
Barcelona are keen to sign a new striker this summer.
Having failed to sufficiently replace Luis Suarez following his exit to Atletico Madrid last year, Laporta deems it a priority position for the club to strengthen.
Andre Silva, Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero have all been linked with Barcelona as a result.
Yet Haaland is Laporta’s dream signing and, on Thursday, the Barcelona president held talks with the player’s agent, Raiola, over a potential deal.
Raiola then jetted off to the Spanish capital to hold talks with Real Madrid, too.
And OkDiario claim that, currently, Barcelona are losing the race to sign Haaland to their fierce rivals.
The report says Raiola’s meeting with Los Blancos ‘wasn’t the first conversation’ the two parties have held over a blockbuster summer deal.
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And Real believe Haaland would prefer a move to the Bernabeu instead of to the Nou Camp, dealing Barcelona a significant blow in the process.
Furthermore, it’s said ‘everything indicates’ Manchester City will soon hold talks with Haaland’s representatives regarding a potential move to the Etihad Stadium.
But, for the time being, Real look best-placed to secure the 20-year-old’s signature.
Barcelona have other players in mind for the summer transfer window, too, with Memphis Depay currently their priority target.
The Netherlands international has been in fine form this season, scoring 14 goals and registering nine assists over in Ligue 1.
And that’s helped Lyon supporters dream of a first Ligue 1 title since 2008.
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Manchester City defender Eric Garcia is also being eyed, with the youngster set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
And Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is also on their radar, with the Dutchman’s time at Anfield winding down.
Meanwhile, La Liga expert Guillem Balague has opened up on the latest Haaland transfer development – and claimed the publicity will suit the player’s camp.
“Everyone wins for this story to come out,” he said.
“If you want to get to Barcelona in secret, you can. It’s very easy.
“They want to have conversations with the biggest names.
“Right now it’s not about focusing on the negatives but on the possibility of actually convincing Messi to stay and signing one superstar.
“It doesn’t look bad to be caught in Barcelona talking to Barcelona because, of course, there is an auction for the player,” he said.
“We have already heard from Mino Raiola that perhaps he thought it was a good idea to stay at Borussia Dortmund for few years, but possibly already Haaland is in a position to move to a bigger club.”
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Raiola warned potential suitors that only 10 clubs could afford to sign Haaland from Dortmund this summer.
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” he said.
“He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation.
“Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England].
“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’.
“It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'”
Haaland only joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
And he’s established himself as one of the world’s best strikers in the short time since.
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