Kane Barca’s plan C
Barcelona are in the market for a striker this summer, with a clear lack of goalscoring threat having cost them on the European stage and in La Liga, after a pivotal title clash with Atletico Madrid ended 0-0 on Saturday.
Spanish outlet Sport claim that there are three names on the list in order of preference. At the top lies Erling Haaland, followed by Lautaro Martinez and finally Harry Kane:
Haaland is the desired strategic signing and there are serious hopes at the club to get the operation back on track despite Dortmund’s refusal to sell him. Lautaro would already be almost the only plan B given the lack of consensus generated by Harry Kane, who was willing to come to the Camp Nou.
Kane’s camp are said to have contacted Barca, amid the suggestion that English players struggle with the transition to Spanish football.
The player’s environment has spoken with Barça, but there is no consensus in the club due to the difficult adaptation that English players have to Spain.
However, recent words on the part of one of Barca’s preferred targets mean that Kane could prove the man they end up targeting.
Lautaro wants Inter stay
Barcelona managing to convince Lautaro Martinez to leave Inter Milan seems unlikely, with the Argentine’s most recent comments on his future a clear indication of his intent to remain with the Nerazzurri.
“Yes, Barcelona wanted me a year back. But I said to Conte: ‘Don’t worry, I’m focussed on Inter,” he said.
“Barca for me is in the past, I’m staying at Inter.”
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) February 27, 2021
Of course, all players and clubs have their price, but it would seemingly take a monster bid and wage packet to convince Lautaro to change his mind.
Haaland’s future unclear
Erling Haaland’s father, and agent Mino Raiola, have already met with Barcelona officials to talk about a possible summer move.
The moment that Erling Haaland’s father Alfie and agent Mino Raiola arrived in Barcelona for talks about a possible transfer 👀⏳ pic.twitter.com/UpsDw4UAfu
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 1, 2021
The Norwegian’s contract contains a buyout clause which will become active in 2022, opening the door to theories that BVB would accept a serious fee this summer, to cash in while they can.
However, due to Barcelona’s financial situation, reports suggest that the club would prefer to wait until next summer to make their move, if Haaland is prepared to wait.
Wrote abt Haaland’s future. Release clause (+ pandemic) have turned usual economic/sporting incentives on head. Team Haaland hold all cards. Logic suggests no move until summer 2022. (Of course, clubs have been irrational actors before+might be again)
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) April 7, 2021
It seems that Barca would need to bank on Haaland preferring a move to the Camp Nou over the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea or Bayern Munich. Dortmund will be happy to hold onto the Norwegian for their 2021/22 campaign, and cash in for serious money later.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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