Barcelona president Joan Laporta is keen to reinvent the squad this summer and dreams of building his team around Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
The Norway international is arguably the most wanted man in football these days, with every big club on the planet tipped to try to put together bids of over £100m to lure him away from Signal Iduna Park this summer.
The strongest links usually involve Manchester City, Chelsea or Real Madrid, but according to AS, Barcelona are ready to throw their hat into the ring and try to bring Haaland over to Camp Nou at the end of the season.
Laporta is said to be ‘obsessed’ with the idea of signing Haaland and hopes to take advantage of his close relationship with the striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, to attempt to get a deal done this summer.
The newly-elected president believes getting a new striker should be one of the team’s top priorities, so much so that he is also open to the idea of signing City’s Sergio Aguero. TyC Sports even go as far as to say that Barcelona have lodged a formal offer with the Argentine.
The obvious concern with all this is Barcelona financial instability. They were run into the ground under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with the club facing debts of close to £1bn, and Wednesday’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain at the last 16 stage won’t have helped things on that front. Continue reading