Erling Haaland, the in-demand striker from Borussia Dortmund, is said to have received a massive offer from Barcelona, and his agent Mino Raiola is keen to seal a deal.
After scoring 80 goals in 79 games for the Bundesliga club, the Norwegian striker has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties.
Following speculations that he might be available for as little as £67m this summer due to a release clause being active, a slew of major teams from across Europe are expected to compete for his signature this summer.
After professing his desire to play in Spain, Haaland has fueled rumours of a move to La Liga, and it appears that Barcelona is willing to go to any length to win his talents.
Following rumours that Barca manager Xavi flew to Dortmund this week to meet the striker, details of the package the cash-strapped Catalan club is putting together for the forward have emerged.
The Blaugrana have made an offer to Haaland worth roughly £157 million over the next five seasons, according to Deportes Cuatro, via Sport.
According to the source, Barcelona has offered the 21-year-old £16.5 million for his first year, £25 million for his second, and £33 million for his third.
According to reports, Haaland will earn between £41.5 million and £45.5 million every season in the final two years of his multi-million pound contract.
While Haaland hasn’t said which La Liga team he’ll be joining in the near future, Raiola is said to have told both Barca president Joan Laporta and Haaland’s father that he’must’ play for the club.
Despite the club’s financial difficulties, Laporta’s confidence in his ability to get Haaland has reportedly triggered a ‘war’ with Real Madrid for the striker.
The Norwegian striker said in January that Borussia Dortmund was forcing him to make a decision on his future amid ongoing speculation about a summer move.
Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for Haaland, while Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals, are also said to be keen.
The forward’s past comments, in which he stated a desire to play in Spain during his career, appear to have handed Barcelona and Real Madrid the upper hand.
Haaland was mentioned in the Spanish publication AS Diario as offering an update on his future while on vacation in Marbella during the holidays.
Dortmund’s hitman was allegedly asked which club he would be joining next after being accosted by a group of star-struck locals.
“I will play here, in Spain,” Haaland is said to have responded.
If speculations are to be believed, La Liga might witness an influx of high-profile players this summer, with Real also widely connected with PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.