- The exhibition and his talk with Xavi put the brakes on his agreement with City for now
Barcelona’s great weapon is the sports project, in which the Norwegian would be the great media crack and finisher of the attacking plays. A project-based on young people that Xavi Hernández explained to him personally on his trip to Munich with Jordi Cruyff on March 1.
The fact is that Barcelona’s bet is more sporting than economic. In this sense, as Mundo Deportivo has learned, the Borussia player was truly amazed by the display of football that the Barcelona team gave at the Santiago Bernabéu on March 20, only three weeks after having met face to face with Xavi.
He was able to verify that what Xavi explained to him was not a bluff nor was it something inflated or exaggerated, both because of the game and because of the opportunities that Barcelona generated at the Bernabéu, whose resounding 0-4, even short on the Chamartín scoreboard, caused much praise in the football world with diverse voices such as Thomas Müller, Bayern’s crack and Barcelona’s historic scourge, Gary Lineker and André Villas-Boas.
In this sense, doubts have entered the forward, according to sources close to the player’s agent, information that has also reached the Camp Nou offices. The Norwegian, who will not be able to play in the World Cup in Qatar, was seriously considering accepting a proposal from Manchester City. This even offered him a short contract, which could be cut after two years, so that the player could try out at the Etihad Stadium and be able to leave if he was not satisfied with his experience at the club where his father, Alf-Inge, ended up hanging up his boots. in 2003. Real Madrid has also been linked in the bid and even from City itself, as reported by KG, they see him as the best place.
The fact is that at Barcelona they are clear that it is a very complicated operation (it could be 90 million euros for Borussia, plus 25 for Mino Raiola and another 25 for the player’s father from commissions, plus the high record of the striker) and that could only be undertaken if Haaland and his entourage lowered their claims. If that is the case and he arrives in Barcelona, he could consider facing it. But the player needs to sacrifice money. Sports arguments with Xavi Hernández as master of operations have. What is needed is that he wants to put them above the economic ones to end up heading to Camp Nou, whose global dimension experienced one more episode on Wednesday with the world record for attendance in a women’s soccer match.