Joan Laporta has a clear plan to make Barcelona what they once, and recently, were. He wants the Catalans to retain Lionel Messi‘s services, and to become European champions again.
As well as that, he wants those attending at the Camp Nou post-pandemic to have something on the pitch that excites them.
All three of those desires are connected to his desire to beat the competition in pursuit of Erling Haaland‘s services this summer. The Norwegian forward is Laporta’s top priority in the transfer window, and he met with the player’s father Alf-Inge Haaland and agent Mino Raiola on Thursday in Catalonia.
During the meeting, Laporta make his intentions to sign the Borussia Dortmund forward clear, but he knows that there is stiff competition facing him. After the meeting in Barcelona, Raiola and the senior Haaland went to meet with Real Madrid, and they’ll chat to other clubs in the coming days as well.
Laporta is going to make a big signing this summer, and he wants it to be Haaland. He and Mateu Alemany that, despite their financial troubles, they will be in a position to give the striker a good contract that will leave him feeling valued.
Despite the president’s efforts, it won’t be easy to sign him. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are all in healthier positions financially, and they’re all interested. He’s valued at around 180 million euros, but Laporta is convinced that he’ll be able to fund the deal.
Barcelona will do everything they possibly can to sign Haaland, but they’ll need to be sure of his desire to play at the Camp Nou before going all-in.
Laporta ended the meeting feeling relatively happy, and his good relationship with Mino Raiola could benefit him in these negotiations as they advance.