Barcelona presidential hopeful Victor Font has told Goal that by making bold transfer promises amid ties with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, he will not repeat the errors of previous candidates.
It was proposed that if an exit door was to be swung open in Germany, the Blaugrana could enter a scramble for the talented Norwegian frontman.
Barca, however, does not boast of the funds necessary for such an elaborate signing and is eager to avoid offering false hope.
Back in 2003, as Joan Laporta was preparing to take office at Camp Nou, the incoming president said he would snap up Manchester United’s David Beckham, only to see England’s captain in charge of arch-rival Real Madrid.
“Font will not do the same with Haaland, telling Goal: “It’s campaign time so it’s normal to hear about popular names, but supporters are smart and know it’s not about promising an amazing name for the first time in history, as happened with Beckham in 2003. Now, from other angles, we have to generate interest, there is a new generation that deserves responsibility and the right conditions for decisions to be taken.”
Brazil’s international Neymar, with a return to La Liga mooted for South America since he completed a record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, is another player who has been strongly associated with a move to Barcelona in the recent past.