‘Barca are back’ – Barcelona confirm Haaland interest and issue transfer warning

JOAN LAPORTA reckons Barcelona are ready to go to battle with Europe’s biggest teams for the signature of Erling Haaland.

The Nou Camp president claims his club will be a transfer force to be reckoned with as his side looks to rival Chelsea and Liverpool for the striker’s services.

Barcelona are reportedly set to rival Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Man United for the signature of Erling HaalandCredit: EPA

Football expert Fabrizio Romano says Barca are drawing up plans to rebuild their side with the LaLiga giants hoping to re-establish themselves as a dominant force.

On their rumoured interest in the Borussia Dortmund ace, Laporta, 59, reportedly said: “We’re working to build a top team.

“Everything is possible if we do things well and I’m sure we will.

“Top players are open to joining Barca. We’re definitely recovering our status.

“Everybody in the world should get ready, as we are back as big players in the market.”

Laporta’s comments come amid reports of the Barca President allegedly meeting super-agent Mino Raiola who represents Haaland, 21 and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

And both players are rumoured to be the focus of a potential Barca swoop this year despite the club’s much-reported financial issues.

The Nou Camp side, who were reportedly in debt to the tune of £1.15billion last August, have taken out a bank loan to help with their finances.

Haaland, who has been on fire in attack in this term, is attracting from Real Madrid, Manchester City and Man United, as well as Barca, the Blues and Liverpool.

It is claimed the player could be available for £64million this summer due to a release clause in his contract with Dortmund.

Raiola revealed his client had purchased a house in Spain.

And reports claim the forward has told starstruck fans of his intent to one day play in the country.

Barca president Joan Laporta claims the Nou Camp outfit are ready to compete for top players in the transfer market
Barca president Joan Laporta claims the Nou Camp outfit are ready to compete for top players in the transfer marketCredit: Rex

Haaland’s current contract with German giants, which commenced in January 2020, is set to expire in June 2024.

The forward, who began his senior career at top-flight Norwegian side Bryne, has smashed in 19 goals in 16 games across all competitions this term.

And Haaland has netted 76 times in 79 games for Dortmund since joining the club two years ago.