Barcelona are in the middle of one the worst turmoils of their storied history, with the club’s debts standing close to €1.2 billion and their sporting performances a far cry from their glory days.
Recently elected club president, Joan Laporta certainly has his work cut out to right the ship, and his master plan apparently includes targeting potential free agents like David Alaba, Sergio Agüero, Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Eric Garcia. But Laporta’s big dream is none other than Erling Haaland, with Mundo Deportivo and ESPN reporting that he’s hoping to use his close friendship with Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola to help him make up the ground to the other teams already at the party and make the 20-year-old the centre piece of the new Barca.
Marca add that Barcelona will do whatever is necessary to acquire the most coveted centre forward in the world, and they have transfer listed Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite, Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele and Junior Firpo in order to raise funds.
Barcelona being interested in Haaland is hardly surprising, though if the Daily Mail are to be believed, Manchester United are one big club not partaking in these sweepstakes. They are apparently reluctant to get into a bidding war and are wary of yet another Raiola saga.