Barcelona president Joan Laporta has downplayed speculation about the possibility of Norwegian international Erling Haaland joining the Catalan team in upcoming summer transfers.
The German striker, Borussia Dortmund, has been linked to Barcelona next summer, at a time when many elite European clubs have expressed their desire to acquire his services.
But as Barcelona continues to build its financial stability, Laporta has played down talk of a Haaland deal, given the high cost such a deal would entail.
“Even if we have the best economic situation, there are deals that we are not going to make,” Laporta told Catalan television eSport.
Laporta’s comments came after he was asked if the Norwegian flag will fly Halland’s company at the Camp Nou next season, as was the case for Caroline Graham Hansen and Ingrid Engin, players on Barcelona’s women’s team, which was crowned this season with the Spanish League title, after sweeping traditional rival Real Madrid 5-0, today is Sunday.
Laporta added: “(Mattio) Alemani, Jordi (Cruyff) and the technical secretariat are working on the development of the team. We want to make agreements, but some are difficult.”
“We must save ourselves, we have improved the situation, but we must complete the recovery of our economic situation, we will not make deals that could endanger the institution,” explained the Barcelona president.
Barcelona faced a difficult year after being subjected to a suffocating economic crisis, which caused the departure of its legendary Argentine star Lionel Messi, due to financial restrictions, and then faced many difficulties to strengthen the team with new players.
But on the pitch, Barcelona have recovered from their hesitant start to the season, led by their former Dutch coach, Ronaldo Koeman, where the team’s results have improved a lot with their current coach, Xavi Hernández, competing for presence in the top four in the Spanish league standings, which qualifies for the European Champions League next season.
Meanwhile, news reports said Haaland is close to a move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with the Leeds-born star preparing to return to his homeland.