Barcelona president Laporta fuels Haaland speculations

Newly-elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta has dropped a hint at rumors linking in-demand Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland with a move to Catalonia.

Haaland has emerged as one of the most sought-after young prospects in European football on the back of his memorable spells at RB Salzburg and Dortmund.

Since joining BVB from the Austrian outfit in the winter of 2020, the 20-year-old striker has clocked up 49 goals and 13 assists in 53 competitive outings.

Only this season, the Norwegian goal-machine has tallied 33 strikes in just 35 appearances in all competitions.

However, with Dortmund likely to miss out on Champions League football next season, the Bundesliga giants may need to offload some of their prized assets, including Haaland.

Half of Europe’s top clubs have already enquired about the Norway international’s services, with the Germans slapping a stratospheric £154million price tag on their jewel’s head.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Barcelona all hold a genuine interest in Haaland and are ready to start a transfer tug-of-war in the summer.

Ronald Koeman has already regretted his decision not to replace Luis Suarez, who linked up with Atletico Madrid last summer.

Desperate to rectify that mistake in the upcoming transfer window, the Dutch manager is on the lookout for a top-level striker to lead the line at Camp Nou next time around.

The potential arrival of Haaland would inject fresh blood and much-needed killer instincts into Barca’s front third.

But more importantly, it may help the club retain wantaway captain Lionel Messi.

The Argentine superstar was hell-bent on leaving the Blaugrana last summer but eventually decided to respect his contract that runs out at the end of the season.

One of Laporta’s primary tasks as a president elected is to persuade the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to pledge his future to the club.

And one way to do that could be the signing of Haaland.

Although the Catalan politician refused to give up much of his plans regarding the Norwegian dynamo, he tickled the imagination of the fans.

“We will do whatever needs to be done, and we will do it right,” Laporta replied when asked to provide an update on Barcelona’s interest in Haaland (via AceFootball).