Barcelona might have a pre-agreement in place for Erling Haaland, according to reports. But it’s not a clear-cut situation – far from it, in fact.
This comes from various reports in Spain, including Marca. They believe that Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud has an agreement to sign Erling Haaland.
That has an obvious and immediate catch, of course – he’s not actually president yet. He would still need to win the election to get there before this agreement means anything.
Liverpool reportedly want Haaland, too. Eurosport claimed as much recently but the Reds are hardly the only rivals to Barcelona.
90min said last week that Manchester City and Chelsea both want the Norwegian, with Borussia Dortmund hoping for over £100m.
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What RTK has to say
It makes sense for Liverpool to sign a superstar but it would be nice if there wasn’t so much competition about it.
We’d love for the Reds to bring in Haaland and see him as ridiculously ideal. But we’re sure Barcelona, City and Chelsea all do, too.
Well, maybe not Chelsea – didn’t they just sign Timo Werner to be the future of their attack?
But anyway, the point is that Haaland is going to be high demand and if Liverpool want him, they’ll have to take some sort of risk.
Perhaps that’s in wages or fee, perhaps that’s in guaranteeing Haaland a first-team spot at the expense of a current star.
Whoever does bring him in will have to make that kind of gamble. It just happens that certain clubs will be very prepared to make it.
Barcelona, for instance, are in desperate need of a new star. They’ll likely do whatever they can to get one, even if it means ripping up their side.
Can Liverpool match that desperation? Not really. The hope will instead be that they’re a more attractive club than Barcelona right now.
We certainly see it that way but whether Haaland does we don’t know. Fortunately, we should find out over the next 18 months.