Real Madrid and Barcelona's battle for Haaland is growing in intensity

Real Madrid and Barcelona's battle for Haaland is growing in intensity

In the week in which Kylian Mbappe has taken all the headlines for his sensational performance against Real Madrid, the other great young sensation of world football is away from the pitch recovering from an injury. But, that doesn’t mean Erling Haaland‘s future isn’t a big talking point too.

Haaland isn’t involved in the Champions League anymore this term, but that hasn’t dimmed the interest of either Barcelona or Real Madrid, with the battle for the Norwegian’s signature between the two clubs actually growing in intensity.

The clubs are preparing to make offers for Haaland and they remain in contact with the player’s entourage to assure them that the interest is still very much present and alive.

In fact, in recent days the contacts made by the Blancos and the Blaugrana have intensified, in order to convey to the player just how much they want to sign him.

Haaland is aware of the interest in him and he now has a decision to make. The ball is in his court, although Spain’s two behemoths aren’t the only clubs that are close to the situation.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring proceedings too, although at this juncture it appears as though Haaland‘s decision revolves around which LaLiga Santander club he will be playing for.

Barcelona haven’t hidden their desire to sign Haaland, with Joan Laporta publicly acknowledging that the Norwegian prodigy is his main objective for the summer market. For this reason, he has intimated to Mino Raiola, the forward’s agent, that a transfer to the Camp Nou would place Haaland well above the rest of the club’s players in terms of salary.

Unfulfilled promise

Laporta knows that he can’t disappoint the Barcelona fans after the promise he made of signing the centre-forward, while the risk factor is raised even higher by the fact Haaland‘s alternate destination would be the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The president of Barcelona, as MARCA has reported, is willing to do anything to see the Norwegian at the Camp Nou, with the order to his technical department being clear. “We must find a way to sign Haaland,” they have been told.

Barcelona aren’t in a good financial position and they won’t find this move easy. Javier Tebas has insisted that he doesn’t believe the Cules have the financial capability to make such a signing, suggesting that Laporta‘s refusal to sign LaLiga’s CVC deal could come back to haunt them.

A Norwegian television report on Thursday suggested a meeting between Haaland‘s father Alf-Inge Haaland and representatives of Real Madrid had actually concluded with an agreement being found to take the player to the Spanish capital.

However, there is still no firm decision regarding the possible signing of Haaland. Real Madrid‘s priority has always been to ensure the signing of Mbappe, but succeeding in that endeavour wouldn’t mean the end of their Haaland pursuit.

Haaland has been made aware of the roles he would have with either team. The decision now depends on him and on the possible activation of a release clause.



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