Barcelona 'to prioritise signing Haaland OVER securing Messi's future'

Barcelona ‘to prioritise signing Erling Haaland OVER securing Lionel Messi’s future this summer as Catalonians prepare to move for £154m man despite huge debts of £1bn’

  • Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing Erling Haaland this summer window 
  • The 20-year-old is a target of a number of Europe’s elite in the transfer market 
  • The Sun says that the Norwegian’s signing is more important than Messi’s future 
  • Messi, 34, is in talks over a new deal after threatening to leave last summer
  • However, all emphasis will be put on landing Dortmund’s marksman by Barca 

Barcelona are reportedly set to prioritise the signing of Erling Haaland over the securing of Lionel Messi’s future this summer as the Catalonians prepare for a battle with their European rivals for the Norwegian hotshot.

The 20-year-old has attracted interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid having enjoyed a sensational 18 months at Borussia Dortmund, scoring 55 goals in 57 games for the Germans.

Dortmund will reportedly part ways with Haaland for no less than £154million this summer, with super-agent Mino Raiola visiting Spain earlier this year to hold talks with Barcelona and Madrid over his client. 

Barcelona will reportedly prioritise Erling Haaland’s signing over securing Lionel Messi’s future

The 20-year-old hotshot is on a host of European club’s radars after a sensational 18 months

And according to The Sun, the Catalonians’ new president, Joan Laporta, is desperate to land the Norwegian, despite the club facing debts of £1bn. 

Barcelona are thinking long-term and view Haaland as the player to build their team around for years to come. The Norwegian, alongside PSG star Kylian Mbappe, are expected to dominate world football for the next decade. 

Barca’s desperation to sign Haaland means that securing Messi to a new contract could be put on the back burner while they pursue the Dortmund star. 

Haaland has scored 55 goals in 57 games for Borussia Dortmund since arriving from Salzburg

Barca president Joan Laporta is believed to be desperate to land the Norwegian this summer

The Argentine superstar turns 34 next month and talks have begun between player and club over a new deal, almost 12 months on from the star causing shockwaves by announcing his desire to leave Catalonia.

The same report outlines that Messi may be required to sacrifice up to half his current earnings if the LaLiga giants are to finance a move the £154m striker. 

Despite the club’s spiralling debts, club chiefs are confident they could fund the move by spreading Haaland’s fee over the length of his contract.

It could mean that the Argentine’s new contract talks are put on the back burner as a result 

The latest update comes after El Mundo Deportivo reported last month that Barca are willing to wait another year before landing Haaland if it means the move will be more financially viable.

The Spanish outlet explained that Barcelona view Spanish rivals Madrid as their main competition for Haaland’s signature, and Laporta is determined to get one over Florentino Perez, whose preferred target is Kylian Mbappe. 

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