Borussia Dortmund goal machine Erling Braut Haaland has been linked with a move to Barcelona this week after presidential candidate Emili Rousaud’s camp claimed they could seal a deal for the 20-year-old.
Josep Maria Minguella, who is Rousaud’s advisor, said Halaand could join the club if Rousaud is elected president on January 24. He told AS, “We know all the conditions and if we win, the following day I will call Mino Raiola and we will accept those conditions. I have already advised him of that.”
Yet the striker’s agent has been quick to respond to the speculation. Mino Raiola told German television channel Sport1 that he has not even been in touch with Rousaud.
Haaland won the 2020 Golden Boy Award in December, given to the best under-21 player playing in Europe’s top leagues, for his phenomenal performances for Dortmund.
The striker moved to the club in December 2019 after starring for Red Bull Salzburg and went on to score 16 goals in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga side in 2020 in all competitions.
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Presidential Candidates Make Big Promises
Rousaud is not the only presidential candidate making big promises ahead of the January elections. Joan Laporta, who is aiming to become Barca president for a second time, feels he can convince Lionel Messi to stay at the club if he wins.
Messi asked to leave last summer and is out of contract at the end of the season, but Laporta told AS that he thinks the captain can be convinced to extend his stay at the Camp Nou.
They are two things that are the result of poor management. The situation has worsened with Covid, but mismanagement is part of and is the origin of this consequence; having Leo like this
The two things are reversible. The situation of the club is reversible and the Leo issue, I hope too. I think the most important thing is that Leo said he will wait for a new president to decide and, therefore, he would be willing to listen to Barca’s proposal. They told me they would wait until the end of the season. I like to stay with the positive and I think that is very positive.
Elsewhere, Victor Font, another of the the leading candidates in the race for the presidency, has released details on how he wants the club’s hierarchy to look if he is elected.
Font’s chart shows former captain Xavi as the team’s general manager and Jordi Cruyff, son of club legend Johan Cruyff, as the sporting director.
The next president will have plenty of key issues to deal with after taking office at the end of next month, particularly the future of Messi and the club’s transfer strategy going forwards
Barca endured a traumatic year on and off the pitch in 2020, ending last season empty-handed and with doubts over whether Messi will continue, and fans will be hoping a new president can get the club back on track after a testing time.