Barcelona president Joan Laporta “met super agent Mino Raiola at a hotel in Italy” amid ties with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Man United midfielder Paul Pogba
- Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed the pair met to discuss transfer goals
- Joan Laporta was in Italy as Barca ace Pedri received his Golden Boy Award
- Barcelona president reportedly met agent Mino Raiola at a Turin hotel
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly met super agent Mino Raiola amid rumors linking the Spanish giants to Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba.
Despite the LaLiga club’s financial difficulties, Barcelona have been linked with a summer blow for the duo.
Borussia Dortmund forward Haaland will be available for £ 64million due to a release clause in his contract.
Erling Haaland will be available for £ 64million next summer due to a release clause in his contract
And Manchester United midfielder Pogba could join a free transfer as he is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.
Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Laporta, 59, has met with Raiola in Italy to discuss transfer goals.
He tweeted: “Barcelona President Joan Laporta met Mino Raiola in Turin today.
“Laporta is in Italy because of Pedri’s Golden Boy and he met Raiola in a famous hotel.
Haaland, 21, sparked interest across Europe after scoring 74 goals in 72 games
“The relationship has been excellent for years. Haaland, Pogba and many other talents to watch out for. ‘
Before adding: “The meeting between Joan Laporta, Mateu Alemany and Mino Raiola was not fortuitous.
“It was not at the hotel where Barcelona was staying in Turin – and the meeting had been scheduled since last week.”
Haaland’s agent this week had opened the door for the striker to make a successful transfer to Manchester City.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford
City remain in the market for Sergio Aguero’s successor and have long been an admirer of the 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund star.
Attention turned to Harry Kane last summer after it became clear Haaland was not available, but a deal to sign the England captain did not materialize.
Raiola has named the Premier League champions as the Norwegian’s next potential destination.
“Erling can and will take the next step,” said Raiola. “Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City – those are the big clubs he can go to.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly met super agent Mino Raiola in Italy
“City have won the championship five times in the past few years, far more than United.”
Raiola has not confirmed that Haaland has a £ 64million release clause coming into effect in 2022, but is planning talks with the Dortmund hierarchy in the new year.
The Italian super-agent works with the player’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, who spent three years at City around the turn of the century.
“We will tell Dortmund what our idea is and they will tell us their ideas,” Raiola added.
“But no decision will be made in winter. We always have very open communication with Dortmund.