Xavi Hernandez complained that Barcelona cannot compete against the big European clubs when asked for his opinion on the signing of Erling Haland. The Norwegian has signed for the Manchester City for a global amount that was close to 400 million between the transfer, the footballer’s salary for five seasons and the commissions to the family and representative. The Barça club, who dreamed of him as the first option to reinforce the attack, could not do anything to get the signing.
Laporta and Mino Raiola
The problem is that he couldn’t pose not even a formal offer. Joan Laporta met on numerous occasions with Mino Raiolawho was the soccer player’s representative, to study the feasibility of the operation, but despite the president’s wishes, the harsh reality of the entity’s finances prevented the operation. laporta I thought that the cost of it would remain at 250 million and even then it could not arrive. Seeing the figures that rose there was not even that formal proposal.
An issue that Barcelona did not even enter to assess was the almost 100 million euros that they asked for commissions. It was not only an amount that the Barça club could not reach due to its financial limitations, but it was very difficult to justify paying for it. Laporta said a long time ago that if they had to pay a commission that exceeded 10% of a trade it could be done, but he would have to explain it very well. Paying those almost 100 million was inexplicable.
Time was also playing against Barcelona. Laporta is still looking for financing to undertake the next signings, but so far it has not arrived. City was putting a lot of pressure on the player to finalize the deal. And Haaland was faced with the situation of having to choose because of how safe City was at the moment, or wait for Barcelona and Real Madrid, who also did not present a formal offer, to decide what step they were going to take.
For all these reasons, Barcelona did not sign Haaland. Although it was always leaked from the club that he was one of the great goals, the reality is that he was never close to being a Barça player because the economic situation did not allow it.