Barcelona chief Joan Laporta settles on brilliant Erling Haaland transfer alternative


Barcelona chief Joan Laporta settles on brilliant Erling Haaland transfer alternative

Barcelona want to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in this summer’s transfer window.
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta would love to sign Erling Haaland this summer. However, with the Borussia Dortmund star expensive and wanted by half of Europe’s elite, the Catalan giants have now picked an alternative. The club are determined to recruit shrewdly this summer as they look to rebuild amid a topsy-turvy campaign under Ronald Koeman so far.

Barcelona still need to sign a replacement for Luis Suarez.

The Catalan titans allowed the Uruguay international to join Atletico Madrid back in the summer, much to the fury of Lionel Messi.

They’ve coped well enough without Suarez, recovering from a shaky start to the season to sit second in the La Liga table, but know they need more if they’re to re-establish themselves as a European force.

Barcelona haven’t won the Champions League since 2015, back when Luis Enrique was manager.

And they’re hoping for a good summer transfer window to boost their chances of winning the competition again.

Barcelona would love to land Haaland, with the Borussia Dortmund star scoring 21 goals from 21 Bundesliga matches this term.

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Barcelona chief Joan Laporta would love to seal Erling Haaland transfer
Yet OkDiario say that, behind the scenes, Laporta is eyeing Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku as an alternative.

The Belgium international has driven Inter to the top of the Serie A table, giving them genuine hopes of winning the competition for the first time in over a decade.

He’s plundered home 19 goals from 26 matches in Serie A this term, registering an impressive eight assists along the way.

And his brilliant form has put him on Barcelona’s radar at a time where Laporta hunts a world-class replacement for Suarez.

They’re aware signing Haaland won’t be easy, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City also eager to land the 20-year-old this summer.

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Barcelona are yet to sign a replacement for Luis Suarez
But while Barcelona are big admirers of Lukaku, securing his signature won’t be straightforward either.

Inter Milan have no interest in letting the 27-year-old go, especially given how significant he is to manager Antonio Conte over at the San Siro.

And that means the La Liga giants may be forced to look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Rafael Yuste recently opened up on Haaland and expressed a belief that big-money signings were out of the question this summer.

“Today, with a debt of 1,173 million, it would be irresponsible to say that we are going to sign Haaland or Mbappe,” he said.

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Barcelona chief Joan Laporta has Romelu Lukaku transfer interest
“In addition, we have a squad that can give a lot of joy to the members and a brave coach who bets on young people.

“As we turn around the situation and generate resources, there will be a choice, but now let’s support what we have and see how far we can go.

“Right now we already have the best in the world called Leo Messi.”

A bidding war for Haaland is set to break out this summer, especially if Dortmund find themselves playing Europa League football next term.

And the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed only 10 clubs have the financial muscle required in order to land his client.

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Barcelona face strong competition if they’re to seal Erling Haaland transfer
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” he said.

“He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation.

“Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England].

“I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’.

“It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?'”

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