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Barcelona may sell own media department to fund Erling Haaland transfer

Sean Walsh
Haaland is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer
Haaland is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer / Lars Baron/GettyImages

Barcelona may have to sell club assets other than players in order to fund a move for Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian superstar has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou and is widely expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer when a €75m release clause kicks in.

But Barcelona aren't quite over their recent financial struggles just yet, and Goal write that in order to complete a deal for Haaland, the club may have to sell a stake in their own media production and commercialising unit - Barça Studios - in order to financially compete for his signing.

It's been reported that the Blaugrana could command €100m for a 49% stake in Barça studios, and La Liga officials will approve that this sale will help free up room in their transfer and wage budgets.

However, the sale of Barça Studios isn't on track due to an issue regarding players' image rights. These rights are usually owned by the players themselves and sold on to third parties, preventing certain players from appearing in Barcelona-related marketing individually.

Barça Studios also doesn't cover television rights as these are sold through La Liga.

Barcelona had been keen to add Alvaro Morata to their ranks this window but inability to relieve financial restraints before the end of the window have stopped this in its tracks.

The club are also keen to shift Ousmane Dembele before January ends after contract talks broke down. The Frenchman's deal runs until the end of the season and Barcelona want to recoup a transfer fee, with Chelsea monitoring the situation.