Erling Haaland

Joan Laporta and Xavi coy on Barcelona deal for Erling Haaland

Jude Summerfield
Barcelona want Haaland
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied any negotiations for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland have taken place.

Haaland is one of the most in-demand players in world football thanks to his impressive performances in the Bundesliga and Champions League, scoring 80 goals in 79 club appearances since joining BVB in January 2020.

Though they recently signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Barça remain in the hunt for a new striker but Laporta has denied that any formal talks with Haaland have happened at this stage.

He said: "I deny that there has been any kind of negotiation with Haaland."

Blaugrana manager Xavi is rumoured to have met Haaland in Germany to discuss a possible move, but Laporta denied knowledge of any such meeting.

He added: "That is none of my business. It is a conversation between athletes without any negotiation."

Xavi himself was a little more revealing when asked about the reported meeting, admitting he is simply working for the present and future of Barcelona.

He said: "I can't disclose details, but I can only say that we are working for the present the future of the club. I can't say any more, when I can we will be the first to say it.

"But in this situation, I have nothing to say and nothing to announce, only that we are working for the good of the club, for the future and the present."

Barcelona are not the only club tracking Haaland, however. 90min understands Bayern Munich are considering the Norwegian as a possible successor to Robert Lewandowski, though Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City have also shown interest in recent months.

While Dortmund remain keen to keep Haaland, the 21-year-old has a release clause of around £70m which will come into play in the summer transfer window later this year.

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