Erling Haalands agent holds Barcelona talks as race for striker gathers pace – The Guardian

Borussia Dortmund
  • Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid strong contenders
  • Mino Raiola had meeting with Dortmund over summer price

Erling Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, held talks with Barcelona on Thursday after meeting Borussia Dortmund this week to discuss the Bundesliga club’s asking price for the striker this summer.

Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, wants to bring Haaland to the Camp Nou as a statement signing after he was last month elected to the position for a second time.

Striking a deal will not be straightforward but opening talks, also attended by Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, were positive if inconclusive. Raiola intends to hold discussions with other clubs in the coming weeks.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are the other leading contenders for Haaland. There is also interest from Manchester United but Bayern Munich are not currently in the race for the 20-year-old.

A clause in Haaland’s contract that allows him to leave Dortmund for €75m does not become valid until the summer of 2022 so the price will be substantially higher this summer for the Norwegian, who has 39 goals for club and country this season. Dortmund play at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.













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