Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland: Xavi believes no player 'says no' to Barcelona

Krishan Davis
Erling Haaland is one of the most sough-after players on the planet
Erling Haaland is one of the most sough-after players on the planet / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Barcelona head coach Xavi has hinted that he believes the club could pull off a huge coup by signing Erling Haaland from right under the noses of arch rivals Real Madrid.

Goalscoring sensation Haaland is widely expected to depart Borussia Dortmund in the summer before a bargain €75m release clause in his contract expires.

Although he has struggled with niggling injuries of late, the 21-year-old has an obscene goalscoring record for Dortmund - netting 80 times in just 79 appearances to date.

However, at this stage his future is unclear. As you might expect, Real have been at the forefront of the pursuit for some time, while Manchester City could make a move for him and Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are not out of the picture.

Meanwhile, 90min understands Bayern Munich are keen to make Haaland the successor to Robert Lewandowski's throne at the Allianz Arena.

Barcelona are another European giant to have been persistently linked with the Norway international, although the consensus had been that their improving but still dire financial situation would put them out of contention.

Barça manager Xavi is rumoured to have met Haaland in Germany to discuss a possible move, and he did little to quash speculation in a press conference ahead of facing Galatasaray in the Europa League on Thursday.

"I've seen no player who said 'no' to Barcelona," he said, as quoted by Goal. “When you can talk to any player, you tell him what's here, our way of playing, of training... let him know that this is the best club, the city is wonderful."

Whether Haaland is attracted by the proposition of playing for Barcelona remains to be seen, although they could benefit if Clasico rivals Real prioritise a big-money contract for PSG's Kylian Mbappe.