Mino Raiola and Alf Inge Haaland were picked up by Joan Laporta’s driver from El Prat airport this morning to reportedly open talks with the Barça board about Haaland’s possible transfer to FC Barcelona.
Erling Haaland’s father and Mino Raiola, the Norwegian’s representative, met sporting director Mateu Alemany and president Joan Laporta in Barcelona today, to discuss the possible future of the Norwegian striker. The meeting was supposed to be confidential out of respect for Borussia Dortmund but the members flying from Nice were caught in pictures & videos at the airport by journalists & reporters in Catalunya.
Laporta had already mentioned his willingness to sign Haaland since his presidential campaign. Today’s meeting with the board was more or less an initial contact with the other party to convince the Norwegian striker about the new Barcelona project & to reaffirm the club’s interest in signing him. “There’s nothing done or signed, it’s only “talks time” to consider the best solution as the race will be long as many clubs are involved in the pursuit of signing him…” assured Fabrizio Romano (sky sport journalist).
Both Raiola and Haaland’s father has been open to the idea of signing for the Barça team although everything will depend on the final price that Borussia Dortmund puts for the Norwegian. Dortmund priced their star for 180 million although according to Mundo Deportivo it is a fictitious price. In the Camp Nou offices, they are aware that Haaland, with a current market value of 110 million euros, will most likely leave this summer if an important offer arrives. However, considering the club’s financial situation lately, it will be time for the Blaugrana to scratch their pockets into making this deal happen. The predisposition to listen to Barça has been total, but the Catalan club also knows, that they have tough competitors who will also aim for the striker with much better bids.
The German club, for their part, spoke to Sky Sports via Michael Zorc (Dortmund’s sporting director) saying “Yesterday I spoke to Mino Raiola. We’ve made our intentions very clear” (that the club doesn’t want to sell him this summer).