According to the Sun, Barcelona is prioritizing the signing of Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland overextending the contract of current star forward Lionel Messi, as the club looks to the future. Read more about Barcelona Transfer Update | Barcelona prioritizes a move for Haaland over re-signing Messi below.
The 34-year-old Argentine deal expires this summer, but club president Joan Laporta claims that this transfer window presents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sign the Norwegian when other clubs are strapped for cash, while Jadon Sancho looks likely to join Manchester United.
According to the newspaper, Barcelona is about £1 billion in debt, so if they can secure Haaland and retain Messi this summer, it would keep advertisers investing in the club and put them back on track to challenge for La Liga and the Champions League. They would be able to explain the expense if they can trim the fat elsewhere in the team.
Barcelona is prepared to put Erling Haaland ahead of keeping Lionel Messi as their top priority this summer.
Joan Laporta, the president of the Catalan giants, is desperate to get Borussia Dortmund player Haaland to the Nou Camp, amid the club’s £1 billion debt. They had set aside £109 million to make the 20-year-old striker the focal point of their potential plans. They believe that is more important right now than securing a new deal for Messi, who will turn 34 next month.
Messi’s new contract expires at the end of the season. And negotiations between him and the club have begun. This will resolve his future issue of not seen as a priority.
Going all out for Haaland is because Laporta believes the Norwegian is the best candidate to take over as Barcelona’s main man. Until Messi’s illustrious career comes to an end.
“Haaland is the future, Messi is almost the past,” a source told SunSport.
Several clubs have been deterred from signing Haaland this summer. Either because of Dortmund’s £150 million valuations or because of the pandemic’s financial constraints.
Laporta is well aware that the club will never get a free pass at him. There, he is doing everything he can to convince the Bundesliga club to sell. Messi will have to give up as much as half of his current salary to stay in Barcelona. As the club looks to cut costs and come up with the cash to make a Haaland bid work.
Despite the Nou Camp’s mounting debts, the fee for Haaland should be extended throughout the contract. Which could be up to five years, so obtaining credit for such a move could not be a challenge.
However, initial communication between the clubs has left Barca with no doubt. They would need to pursue a higher number than the one they suggested.