Barcelona will sign Erling Haaland if Emili Rousaud becomes president at the club, according to the candidate’s aide.
Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is one of the hottest young prospects on the planet and has scored 17 goals in just 14 games this season, with 33 in 32 since he signed from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are among the other clubs chasing the 20-year-old sensation’s signature.
But as reported by AS, Josep Maria Minguella declared the Norwegian would move to the Nou Camp if Rousaud takes the helm at Barcelona.
He said: ‘We know all the conditions and if we win, the following day I will call Mino Raiola and we will accept those conditions. I have already advised him of that.
‘We have a world-class sports project that is not showing just now, but Emili Rousaud has a plan that will turn this unfortunate situation (at Barcelona) around.’
Haaland has a release clause in his Dortmund contract of £65million which comes into effect from June 2022 – with the German side unwilling to sell before then – while his agent Mino Raiola is known to be extremely demanding in negotiations.
Given Barcelona’s well-publicised financial woes, a blank cheque to sign Haaland and sate Raiola’s demands seems somewhat unlikely.
Ronald Koeman’s side has £720million of debt, with their £900million wage bill the highest in the world.
Last month the players and manager Koeman agreed pay cuts after drawn-out negotiations which will save the club £109m, with £45m deferred – but still £16m short of their £170m savings target.
Rousaud, 54, was a vice-president at the Catalan club but was one of six board members to resign in April over former president Josep Bartomeu’s running of the club.