In the summer of 2022, Spanish football club Barcelona was able to sign Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from German Borussia Dortmund, despite the fact that he still had high debts.
That’s what Spanish football expert Guillem Balage, who said this in an interview with BBC Radio 5, thought this. “Barcelona needs to get rid of the players’ high salaries, but if they are convinced at the club that they can do it, they can get Erling,” Balaj said. The severance pay for 21-year-old Nora is currently €75 million.
Recently, the Catalan team acquired young striker Ferran Torres from Manchester City for around 55 million euros, but the club has not yet been able to sign his contract due to the strict rules in Spanish football. According to FC Barcelona president Joan Laporte, his club is “Back among the big players” in the transfer market.
1 billion loans to Barcelona
“Laporta sells a promising future,” Balage noted, adding that the Catalan club was on the verge of agreeing to a 1.5 billion euro loan from US investment bank Goldman Sachs. These funds should be used for the planned reconstruction of the Camp Nou stadium and its surroundings. Earlier, FC Barcelona obtained a loan of 595 million euros from the same bank. Part of these amounts should be used to cover debts (total 1.3 billion euros), which, according to Laporte, the club owns.
“How can they get Haaland? For example, by selling players like Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Frenkie de Jong, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingez or Luc de Jong. It’s complicated, but not impossible.” Balague thought.
He also indicated that Barcelona’s management could reconsider its initial refusal to join the La Liga agreement with CVC. This will increase the club’s budget and allow more players to be recruited.
Haaland chooses the league
Norwegian defender Erling Haaland scored 76 goals in 74 duels in all competitions for Dortmund. He came to the German club in January 2020 from Salzburg, Austria. Its potential future is tied to most of the elite teams across the continent. According to a report, Haaland will prefer the Spanish League.
“He will probably get more money in the Premier League, but I think he will choose La Liga. Real Madrid or Barcelona are still a big attraction.” Spanish expert added. He also referred to the good relationship between Haaland’s agent and the president of FC Barcelona. “Mino Raiola and Laporta are close. If the club has the money, Barcelona can repay Raiola by buying a few young players from his wallet.” added.
However, he admitted that client Raiola, after meeting Laporte, did not stop negotiating with other people interested in Haaland’s services. There is interest from Juventus Turin in Italy, Paris Saint-Germain in France and Premier League clubs.
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