Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud may have earned himself a few extra votes ahead of the club’s upcoming election following the latest claim by his advisor.
Rousaud is among the figures hoping to succeed departed ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and take over the reins at the Nou Camp on January 24.
And should he take office, one of his first targets is securing a deal for Borussia Dortmund hotshot Haaland.
The 20-year-old is atop the wish list of many clubs across Europe, but Rousaud’s advisor, Josep Maria Minguella, claims Barca already have a transfer agreed in principle.
“We know all the conditions and if we win, the following day I will call Mino Raiola and we will accept those conditions,” Minguella told AS . “I have already advised him of that.”
Naturally it could be Rousaud’s attempt at propaganda to garner favour from the Barcelona supporters ahead of the election.
He was also asked about PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, to which he replied: “It is a little more complicated because his contract ends the next year.
“Although, we are on top of the issue and movements have already been made. We are there.”
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Any hopes of Barcelona landing Haaland (or Mbappe) in the short term appear doubtful, unless Rousaud can drum up some serious investment in the club between now and the summer.
Barcelona are currently strapped financially and their economic plight was laid bare in Lionel Messi’s recent interview with La Setex.
“The club is in a really bad situation, it’s really bad and it’s hard to get back to where we were,” he said.
“It will also be difficult to bring in players because we need the money and there is no money.”
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Haaland’s release clause does not come into play until 2022, meaning he would likely command a nine-figure fee if he were to move on at the end of the season.
It also seems the Norwegian has no immediate plans to change clubs.
He denied any knowledge linking him with a switch to Juventus when asked by Tuttosport, and added: “I’ve been at Borussia Dortmund for a year here, I’m fine here and I’m happy.”