Xavi opened talks with Haaland and it could be the last step for him to sign with Barcelona. In PlayOn99 News we tell you all the details of an operation that has involved the striker, his agent, and more than one club in the discussion.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
The post-Lionel Messi era has not been the best for Barcelona and since the departure of the Argentine star they have reaped nothing but failures: eliminated in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, did not reach the final of the Spanish Super Cup, and are not in the fight for La Liga.
That is why the management wants to break the market and keep one of the most promising players in world soccer: Erling Haaland.
After the rumors about his link to Real Madrid and a pre-agreement to give priority to the team of the Spanish capital, rumors appeared about a call from Xavi Hernandez, coach of Barcelona, to add Haaland to the culé team.
Barça manager Xavi on rumours about his travel to Munich to meet with Erling Haaland: “I can't give you details… we work on the present and future of the club”. ? #FCB
“When things can be announced we will announce it – as we did with Pablo Torre, who is an excellent signing”. pic.twitter.com/tetjuMjjuI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 5, 2022
Since his appearance at the U-20 World Cup, scoring nine goals in a match against Honduras, Erling Haaland has not stopped surprising the world with his goals.
Both at Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian striker has been scoring goals and his scoring average speaks for itself: so far this season he has played 20 official matches and scored 23 goals, more than one per game.
When Erling Haaland scored NINE goals in an U20's World Cup match ? pic.twitter.com/Uzs0pcuvmb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 5, 2022
It is also true that Haaland has been injured for more than 40 days and Dortmund is not looking kindly on him in the midst of a bad sporting moment in which they have been eliminated from the Champions League, Europa League, and DFB Pokal.
The only thing left for Borussia Dortmund is to remain bottom of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, where they could have moved to within six points tomorrow, but their game against Mainz was postponed due to coronavirus cases.
It's been a tough season for Erling Haaland ? pic.twitter.com/fIVvztf4JC
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 4, 2022
Back to Haaland, the Norwegian striker is -along with Kylian Mbappé- one of the targets for the best teams in the world and, according to the British newspaper Express, Mino Raiola -Haaland’s agent- asked Barcelona for one condition: to sign Noussair Mazraoui on a free transfer.
Why this request?
Mazraoui will be free to negotiate a contract with whoever he wants because his contract with Ajax expires in June this year and the player has Raiola as his agent.
Once again Timber drives the ball he takes advantage of the space in front of him
Mazraoui in the half-space
Berghuis Assist goal pic.twitter.com/a0GoM2rPuF
— Aykut Bulut (@baykut68) March 4, 2022
This demand annoyed Borussia Dortmund, where they also intended to get the services of Mazraoui, but they are not only furious with that.
Borussia Dortmund intended to keep Erling Haaland at the club for one more season – he has a contract until 2024 – but Mino Raiola wants his client to be transferred midway through 2022.
Haaland’s value at the moment reaches €100 million without any doubt, but if the deal goes through next year, it will be for less money as the length of the current contract would be shorter and, for obvious reasons, Raiola’s commission would also go down.
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