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Erling Haaland’s Daunting Clause Scares Barcelona

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The Blaugrana club is fully informed about his contractual situation for the future. President Joan Laporta has been clear for months about the player’s value for 2025.

A few weeks ago, Rafaela Pimienta, the agent managing the sports career of Erling Haaland after the loss of Mino Raiola, was in Barcelona. Pimienta met with Barca to discuss various market issues, and both parties absolutely denied that they discussed the forward’s future, either now or later.

And they have some reason to deny it because the Blaugrana club, through Joan Laporta, has been fully aware of the cost of this operation for many months, according to Sport.

There is no need for a meeting to analyze anything because Haaland is a player that Barca likes very much and strategically, it would be a significant move if they could sign him during the summer of 2025.

However, it is also true that, as of today, the operation is seen as economically unfeasible by Barca, whether in a few months or a year. His valuation is too high, as is his salary, and the club is not in a position to afford such stipends even with the total reopening of Camp Nou.

There has been a lot of speculation about the imposing figures of a Haaland transfer. The only good news is that the forward signed with a release clause for teams outside the Premier League, which decreases starting in 2026. It seems that the forward’s departure would cost about 175 million euros in transfer fees if Manchester City does not agree to negotiate a reduction that the player would have to fight for.

That scenario is not out of the question depending on whether there are sports and economic sanctions against the Manchester club for alleged accounting irregularities. But Barca has little or no confidence in these supposed facilitations.

It’s true that Haaland would like to play in the Spanish league after succeeding in both the Bundesliga and the Premier League. And it is clear that Barca will need to sign a top-level forward in 2025 when Lewandowski’s contract as a Blaugrana ends.

The departure of the Pole would free up a significant salary mass, but even that is not enough to dream of galactic signings of this kind.

Barca is watching everything cautiously since there is a lot of time ahead and they have not yet made any moves. Moreover, it is likely that they won’t make a move unless the necessary conditions are met.

Real Madrid, which had him on its radar, seems unlikely to enter the bidding after securing Kylian Mbappe this coming summer, so according to Sport it remains to be seen what happens with the Norwegian’s future.

These types of operations appeal to Laporta, but Barça is in a situation that hardly allows for dreaming in the market. For now, the forwards for the next season will be Lewandowski and a Vitor Roque who will need to prove that the investment was worthwhile.

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