Barcelona can sign Haaland this summer
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Barcelona can sign Haaland this summer

👤ISRAEL    📅07-01-2022 13:10

      The cash-strapped Catalan giants have debts amounting to €1.35billion (£1.13bn) - and that debt rose by €200m between January and August 2021.

The club have also not yet been able to register £55million January signing Ferran Torres from Manchester City because of the need to trim their wage bill.

But that did not stop president Joan Laporta telling the world of football his side are back as a major player in the transfer market, before sending out a warning shot when asked about any interest in Haaland.

The 21-year-old Norwegian has a £64m release clause in his current deal which comes into effect in the summer, and BBC Sport report the Catalan giants can afford to sign the forward.

However, BBC reporter Guillem Balague also revealed their hopes of beating the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for Haaland rests on their ability to sell some of their fringe players.

The report claims Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza and Luuk de Jong are all up for sale and would allow them to bring the Norway international in

The report adds the club are close to agreeing a loan from American investment bank Goldman Sachs of £1.26bn to rebuild the Camp Nou and the Espai Barca, and which will also help cover some of their debt.

Haaland has scored 76 goals in 74 games for Dortmund in all competitions since joining from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

Laporta has a strong relationship with influential super agent Mino Raiola, having worked with him before to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his first reign at the helm.

Last month, Barcelona held a meeting with Raiola, and were handed a boost when Haaland reportedly announced he would like to play in Spain during his career.

This season, the red-hot marksman has scored 19 goals from 16 appearances across all competitions, and also recorded five assists.

Barcelona are currently sat fifth in LaLiga, 15 points behind leaders and arch rivals Madrid.

They will also face Napoli in the last 32 of the Europa League after failing to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

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