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Barcelona Prioritise Signing Erling Haaland Over Tying Down Lionel Messi to New Contract

Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing Erling Haaland this summer window
Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing Erling Haaland this summer window / Martin Rose/Getty Images

Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing Erling Haaland in the summer over tying down Lionel Messi to a new contract.

Haaland has been the subject of interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid after a sensational 18 months at Borussia Dortmund, scoring 55 goals in 57 games for the Bundesliga giants.

And according to the Daily Mail, who quote the Sun, Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes it makes sense for the club to prioritise the signing of Haaland ahead of the renewal of Messi's contract, despite the club facing debts of £1bn.

The report adds that the club are thinking long-term and consider Haaland as the player they want to build their team around for years to come. Messi has been linked with an exit from Camp Nou since he put in a transfer request last summer.

However, reports over the last few weeks have claimed that the Argentine is willing to extend his deal with the Catalan giants, but will have to sacrifice up to half his current earnings if the LaLiga giants are to finance a move the £154m striker.

El Mundo Deportivo reported last month that Barca are willing to wait another year before siging Haaland if it means the move will be more financially viable. The report explained that Ronald Koeman's side view rivals Real Madrid as their main competition for Haaland's signature, and Laporta is determined to get one over Florentino Perez, whose preferred target is Kylian Mbappe.