One of Joan Laporta’s first acts as president of Barcelona was to meet with Erling Haaland’s agent and father, a striker who could define the following decade in football. The meeting drew a lot of attention from the media, but it later turned out that the two were meeting with a number of different groups. Barcelona’s finances prevented them from making a significant move.
However, Barcelona’s CEO, Ferran Reverter, claims that the team can sign a ‘crack’ next summer, and Haaland’s name has come up again. The Catalans have received bids from investment funds willing to sponsor the Norwegian’s signing.
The question is whether the club will be able to sign him within the FFP parameters. His asking price is 75 million euros, and he has a clause in his contract that allows for it, but his income may be enormous. It’s a high-risk transaction, and Barcelona hasn’t had much luck with large signings in recent years.
Haaland, together with Pedri, Fati, and Gavi, appears to be the club’s deadly No 9 and, along with Pedri, Fati, and Gavi, might form the heart of the next big Barça side.
If PSG or Madrid acquire Mbappe, Haaland will have his pick of clubs, and at Barça, he will be the unquestioned star.
It will be difficult, but there will be economic formulas to help.