Barça President Laporta cools down over Haaland change

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Barcelona President Joan Laporta has cooled speculation that the club will be fighting for Erling Haaland’s signing at the end of the season.

The Blaugrana have been there many times combined with a change of striker from Borussia Dortmund, with the Norwegian international being a sought-after player.

But with Barcelona still building their financial stability, Laporta has downplayed talk of a deal for Haaland given the high cost such a signing would require.

“Even if we had the best economic situation, there are operations that we would not undertake,‘ Laporta told Eport3.

He was asked if the Norwegian flag would fly for Haaland at Camp Nou next season, as did Caroline Graham Hansen and Ingrid Engen as the Barcelona women’s team won their domestic league title, sealing it with a 5-0 win over Real Madrid on Sunday.

“[Mateu] Alemany, Jordy [Cruyff] and the technical secretariat are working to improve the team. We want to do surgeries, but some are difficult,” added Laporta.

“We have to save ourselves. We have improved the situation, but we need to complete the recovery of the economic situation. We will not do any business that could jeopardize the institution.”

Barcelona have endured a difficult year when it came to balancing the books, having to let captain Lionel Messi go for financial reasons and then facing delays in registering new recruits.

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On the field, however, they have overcome their problems earlier in the season under Ronald Koeman with a new head coach Xavi helps steer them back into the fight for the top-4 in LaLiga.

Haaland, on the other hand It has been reported that he is close to a move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with the Leeds-born star ready to return to his native country.

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