Barcelona 'win race for Erling Haaland and will pay striker £480k a week' in huge transfer blow to Man Utd and CityJanuary 5, 2022
BARCELONA are set to win the race for Erling Haaland’s signature after making a monster contract offer to the 21-year-old superstar.
That’s according to reports in Spain, which claim the LaLiga giants have outmuscled the likes of Manchester United and Man City to land the Dortmund striker.
Barca president Joan Laporta on Monday claimed his side were pursuing the wonderkid, who is one of world football’s hottest properties.
The Catalans are battling financial turmoil that saw them lose talisman Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
But Laporta claims they now have funds available to land the biggest names in the game.
And Spanish outlet Sport reports that will translate into an eye-watering contract offer of £480,000-a-week to tempt Haaland to the Nou Camp.
The Norway international has a cut-price £64million release clause in his Dortmund deal.
A host of Europe’s top clubs are eager to trigger it – but the youngster is in a strong position to decide where he wants to go.
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Agent Mino Raiola caused a stir when he appeared to hint United were no longer big enough to sign his client.
The Italian-born Dutchman reportedly held talks with Laporta last month over a possible Haaland deal.
Dortmund have tried desperately to tie their man down to a new contract on improved terms before a rival triggers his buyout clause.
But the forward is holding out on putting pen to paper and the Bundesliga giants have given him until the end of January to decide on his future.
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