Barcelona boss responds to transfer rumors involving Erling Haaland

Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Earlier this week there were a lot of talks concerning Barcelona and Erling Haaland. One of the presidential candidates, Joan Laporta, was quizzed about his ability to get big-name players such as Haaland to Barcelona and Laporta responded by saying that he had all the cards he needed to play.

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This statement was then challenged by another candidate, Victor Font, as he said that the comments made by the former president were “irresponsible”. However, we finally got a response from the manager of the club regarding the situation.

Ronald Koeman was asked about the possibilities of the Catalans signing the world-class striker in a pre-match conference against Cadiz. The Dutch manager replied by saying,

"“I have my ideas for the future of this club, but I have to wait [to see] who the president is going to be, [in order] to sit down and talk about the future.”Source Goal"

Thus the manager decided to leave a rather cryptic message which is open for interpretation. However, once you look at the club’s finances, there really does not seem to be a way that the Spanish giants can afford the player. The Norwegian striker has a 73 million euros release clause on him and Barcelona have a debt of 1.2 billion euros.

Things are not looking too good on the pitch either. The Catalans dropped two more points against Cadiz, via a last-minute equalizer. This was their chance of catching up with Atletico Madrid, who dropped in their last two matches. The club seems to be lacking consistency and while some new faces, especially a striker, is required at the club, with the financial crisis and the pandemic, it does not look like things will become better for the club anytime soon.

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