Barcelona signing Haaland is ‘complicated but not impossible’ despite money woes
Barcelona could pursue a deal for Erling Haaland in the summer, even though they are more than a billion euros in debt.
That is according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who says a move is "complicated but not impossible."
As it stands, the Catalan giants are over €1.35billion (£1.12billion in debt), €673million of which is owed to the banks.
Last year alone, they posted staggering losses of €481million (£401.6million).
So no wonder eyebrows were raised when they managed to seal a £46.7million deal for Manchester City forward Ferran Torres.
And their spending might not end there, with Barcelona reportedly at the front of the queue to sign Dortmund star Haaland.
The in-demand forward has a €75million (62.6million) release clause in his contract that becomes active at the end of the season.
Plenty or Europe's big fish are circling around the 21-year-old, including Barca.
The Catalan giants had to get rid of Lionel Messi last summer due to their financial situation, and they still haven't been able to register Torres despite agreeing a deal over a week ago.
But according to Balague, there's confidence from inside the club that they could indeed pull off an audacious swoop for Haaland, the star the continent's elite all want to sign.
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"Barcelona need to get rid of big wages and big players, but it's possible and they're confident they can do it," said Balague on BBC Radio 5 Live's Euro Leagues podcast,
"[Joan] Laporta is selling a hopeful future," added Balague, who said Barcelona are finalising a loan from Goldman Sachs that will help finance the rebuild of the Nou Camp and cover some of their huge debt.
"He's trying to imply they are up for getting any of the big players and Haaland is possible, very possible."
Balague added that only by letting go of fringe players such as Philippe Coutinho, Martin Braithwaite and Frenkie de Jong would the La Liga giants be able to afford Haaland.
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"It's complicated, but not impossible.
"If Barcelona do manage to get that money, Haaland would love to go to Barcelona.
"But that is what Raiola is telling Laporta. I very much doubt he has stopped talking to other clubs, including Juventus, Paris St-Germain or Premier League ones."
Haaland has scored 76 goals in 74 games for Dortmund since moving from Red Bell Salzburg, including 19 in 16 games already this term.
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