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Barcelona vice-president gives update on Erling Haaland pursuit

By Sean Walsh
Haaland is a wanted man
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Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste has admitted that it will be difficult for the club to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Norway international's representatives were spotted in Catalonia earlier this year and it was reported that they had held talks with La Blaugrana regarding a move in the future.

But Barcelona's financial struggles have seriously hamstrung the club, ultimately leading to the departure of Lionel Messi on a free transfer in the summer.

Yuste told Mundo Deportivo that Barça's position is precarious and they must approach future transfer windows with caution.

"Between now and next year we will see what the situation is and what we can count on for signings," he began. "First, we have to put the partitions on a house that we have found in ruins, so let's focus first on fortifying it, first feed the household and then we'll see what we can do, without losing sight of the fact that we always want to have the best players and Haaland is one of the best in the world."

When asked if it made sense for Barcelona to enter the bidding war for Haaland - who is represented by Mino Raiola and has a release clause of around €70m that will kick in next summer - Yuste's position was clear.

"No. The president and the CEO said that in the previous term, which I also reiterate has been disastrous, they bought players without knowing if they could pay and that all they did was increase the debt, in addition to handing us the mass salary that we have encountered."

Barcelona have started the 2021/22 season in terrible form, sitting in ninth place in La Liga and losing both of their opening Champions League group games 3-0.