Spanish giants Barcelona have done a credible job reshaping and retooling the first team of late, first under Ronald Koeman and now especially during the first months of the new Xavi regime at the Camp Nou; but they are not finished yet.
According to outlet Sport and mentioned by BarçaTimes, the Catalan giants are looking to none other than Borussia Dortmund star striker Erling Haaland to complete their new look Barça side being assembled.
The report mentions that the club now sees the Norwegian goalscoring machine as the final piece of a long-term front three that will also comprise La Masia graduate Ansu Fati as well as January signing Ferran Torres.
This comes on the back of other current options in the first-team potentially being moved off the books in the summer after Barcelona also secured both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as well as Adama Traoré in a massive recruitment drive during the winter window to add quality across the front-three at the behest of Xavi himself when he was first hired as Koeman’s replacement.
To secure Haaland, it is clear that the club will have to sell a few assets to afford the fee as well as the expected huge wage packet that will come with convincing him to choose Barcelona, and on that basis, the Catalunya outfit could be in line to sell the likes of Dutch international pair Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong, as well as Martin Braithwaite to prepare for a potential arrival.
Barcelona to face stiff competition for Erling Haaland
While Barcelona is keen on bringing in Erling Haaland, there is no question about the impending tug-of-war that will involve top clubs vying for his services.
Manchester City and Real Madrid are both credited with a long-standing interest in the Norwegian hitman and now Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have officially weighed in as director of football Leonardo intends to target Haaland as a replacement for Kylian Mbappé with his impending move to Real Madrid.
Mbappé’s summer arrival will throw a measure of doubt regarding the club’s ability to prize Haaland as well while adding him to the likes of Mbappé, Benzema, Vinícius, and Rodrygo, presumably putting Barcelona, City, PSG, or even an extension at Dortmund ahead in the transfer queue.
Manchester United could also now be back in with a shout for Haaland in the wake of Real Madrid likely calling time on their pursuit of the Leeds-born frontman, as the club still search for a long-term center forward option after things have hardly worked out with former hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
Barcelona certainly can feel confident in their ability to still provide a valuable destination for players, and as they are in the midst of championing a young core under Xavi that has taken shape across the last 12-months, a player like Haaland and his player profile could certainly fit the bill at the Camp Nou.