Barcelona risk losing Lionel Messi after prioritising Erling Haaland transfer


Lionel Messi is out of contract this summer (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lionel Messi is questioning his future at Barcelona after the club made signing Dortmund striker Erling Haaland a priority ahead of keeping the Argentine.

The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Barcelona are desperate for Messi to sign a new deal, which would effectively ensure the playmaker finishes his career at the Camp Nou.

Messi wanted to leave last summer but was persuaded to stay for at least one more season. Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing the forward and would give him a payrise on his reported £600,000-a-week wages in Catalonia.

The Spanish giants are close to £1billion in debt and are naturally trying to cut costs. Though they’re desperate for Messi to stay, his wages are crippling and the club want him to accept a lowered salary.

Nevertheless, Barcelona want to compete for Haaland’s signature and the club met with his agent and father in March to discuss a deal.

Haaland is expected to leave Dortmund (Photo by MARTIN ROSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Haaland is valued at £150m by Dortmund and though a clause in his contract means he’s available for just £62m next summer, Barcelona believe their best chance of landing him is this summer.

And according to the Sun, Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes signing Haaland is of a greater importance than keeping Messi and the club have prioritised a move for the Norwegian.

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested in Haaland, who could command up to half a million a week in wages.

But the 20-year-old has huge sell-on value and will become a big asset in years to come, regardless of how much Barcelona pay for him now.

It’s also claimed Barcelona will be able to spread the fee for Haaland over the duration of his contract, which would likely be up to six years.

Barcelona had set a limit of around £109m to sign Haaland but it was ‘clear’ after initial talks with Dortmund that the Bundesliga giants would demand far more.


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