Barcelona in talks for Erling Haaland

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Barcelona are reportedly in talks with Mino Raiola over the possible signing of Borussia Dortmund star and Real Madrid target Erling Haaland.

According to a report from the NationalBarcelona has emerged as a candidate to secure the inclusion of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who is also a major transfer target for his archenemy Real Madrid.

Haaland has established himself as one of the most prolific scorers in the game currently. After an impressive spell at Austrian club RB Salzburg, the 21-year-old signed with Borussia Dortmund in January last year and took his game to a whole new level with the Bundesliga giants.

So far, Haaland has scored 72 goals and 19 assists from just 71 appearances in all competitions, with 15 of those goals in the current season. Given his scoring exploits, the Norway international has appeared on the radars of nearly every major club in Europe, with Barcelona and Real Madrid emerging as fierce contenders for his signature.

Barcelona is looking to sign a marquee to lead the club into a new era after the departure of club legend Lionel Messi last summer. On top of that, they have serious concerns regarding options in ninth, with Sergio Aguero facing the prospect of retiring due to heart disease while Memphis Depay has struggled to influence matches when deployed centrally.

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To that end, Haaland has emerged as a key target for Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who is desperate to get the 21-year-old next summer. However, the La Liga giants will have to avoid stiff competition for his transfer from arch-rivals Real Madrid.

eggs They are well positioned to secure the inclusion of Kylian Mbappe. But they are keen to include Haaland at the club as well, as they look for a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema and form a star-studded attacking trident from Mbappe, Haaland and the resplendent Vinicius Junior.

However, the report adds that Barcelona is currently the favorite to sign Haaland, as the Norwegian international prefers to move to Camp Nou, where he will be the main man and will not have to share the spotlight. He has already reported his desire to leave Dortmund in the summer, when Dortmund’s release clause becomes active, while telling his agent, Raiola, to focus on engineering a move to Barcelona.

It is also claimed that Barcelona have already started negotiations with the super-agent to come up with an arrangement over the move. Given their financial situation, it is understood that the Catalans have asked Raiola to reduce his signing bonus and the 21-year-old’s wage demands while he offers to compensate her in the future.

With Raiola enjoying a healthy relationship with Barcelona president Joan Laporta, there may be a chance of a deal being struck, especially with Haaland keen on the move. However, laying out the details will not be easy while the possibility of Barcelona losing the Champions League cannot be ruled out at this point, which could prove to be a major hurdle as well.

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