Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has seemingly confirmed meeting with Erling Haaland as the Catalans try to convince him to move to Camp Nou.
The Norwegian international has become one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, enjoying a stellar two-year spell at Borussia Dortmund since joining them in 2020.
His goalscoring exploits have put the Norwegian on the top of the summer shopping list of several top clubs like Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The Catalans, in particular, are going at it with everything as they wish to make the 21-year-old the face of their project for the coming years. To that end, reports last week indicated that manager Xavi had flown to Munich to meet Haaland, where he is completing his recovery from an injury.
The 42-year-old had initially refused to comment on the matter, while president Joan Laporta acknowledged it but as unwilling to discuss it recently.
However, ahead of Barcelona’s UEFA Europa League clash against Galatasaray on Thursday, Xavi opened up on the said meeting, saying (h/t Fabrizio Romano):
“When you can talk to any player, you tell him what’s here, our way of playing, of training… let him know that this is the best club, the city is wonderful”.
The Barça legend then went a step further and added that he has not seen any player refuse to join the club. “I’ve seen no player who said ‘no’ to Barcelona,” he said.
The Blaugrana will need to shell out a massive sum to secure the signing of Haaland. Apart from his release clause of €75 million, the club will also be expected to pay commissions to his agent, Mino Raiola, as well as the striker’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland.
Furthermore, the lucrative contract that Barça plan to offer him could take the value of the deal to around €300 million.
Thankfully for Barcelona, they are set to rake in an enormous investment of around €650 million from the CVC agreement and the impending sale of 49% of their stake in Barça Studios.
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