BARCELONA are set to plot their way through a financial storm – and are still eyeing some major signings.
The future of the Spanish club will be set by the upcoming presidential elections with various promises made by the three candidates.
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Toni Freixa, Joan Laporta and Victor Font are all desperate to oversee a turnaround in the Camp Nou side’s fortunes.
A whopping £216million fund has been set out by Freixa, who recently name dropped Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe into his transfer plans.
The prospect of Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe leaving this summer is perhaps lower than that of Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund face a fight to qualify for the Champions League and a price of £150m has reportedly been placed on the striker.
Fitting Haaland into the Blaugrana XI would be very comfortable for Ronald Koeman, who has still not fully replaced Luis Suarez.
Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele can run the flanks while Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho would also fit into this setup.
A bid for Erling Haaland has been talked up by the Barcelona candidatesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Lionel Messi’s contract situation must also be solved this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Presidential frontrunner Laporta, formerly in charge at Barcelona from 2003 to 2010, has also pointed to the possible signing of Haaland.
He said: “If we have to improve the team, I already have the cards ready for the players.
“I have the cards to face all situations. Barcelona supporters can be sure that their club will soon be prosperous again.”
With young stars such as Pedri, Riqui Puig and Frenkie de Jong coming through in midfield, the LaLiga giants may then turn to reinforcing defensively.
Eric Garcia of Manchester City is expected to arrive and interest in Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is reportedly ramping up.
Furthermore, Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly has long been linked with Barcelona and recent reports suggest Bayern Munich are ready to begin a bidding war for the centre-back.
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Whoever wins the club presidency will have to tackle a serious debt problem.
Barcelona have been ordered to make significant salary cuts, in contrast to rivals Real Madrid.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to bite hard and the need to renew Lionel Messi’s contract is another factor pressurising the club’s tight budget.
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