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Xavi increases ambiguity over Barcelona's negotiations with Halland

Xavi increases ambiguity over Barcelona’s negotiations with Halland

BERLIN – Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez seems confident that his team will achieve its goals in the upcoming summer transfers, but he has not confirmed whether the Norwegian Erling Haaland will be one of the stars that his club is chasing.

And the Spanish newspaper (Mundo Deportivo) reported today, Wednesday, that Barcelona is increasing confidence in winning the race for Haaland, the striker of the German team, Borussia Dortmund.

Halland, 21, has been associated with a group of elite clubs in Europe, led by Real Madrid, the traditional rival of Barcelona, ​​​​having scored 80 goals in 79 matches with Dortmund in all competitions, since joining the German team two years ago.

Only Poland’s Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s striker, has scored 115 goals in 97 matches since January 2020.

Haaland’s current contract with Dortmund includes a penalty clause through which he can leave the team at the end of the current season for 75 million euros (82 million dollars), at a time when Barcelona is still suffering from violent financial distress.

While Xavi did not confirm whether Barcelona could include Halland, he stressed at the same time that joining the Catalan team is a goal for any player, despite the ordeal that the Spanish club has experienced in the recent period.

“You say I met Haaland – I didn’t know that!” Xavi said in a press conference held today, Wednesday, before Barcelona’s meeting with Galatasaray in the first leg of the round of 16 of the European League on Thursday.

“Any player always wants to join Barcelona at any time,” Xavi said. “No footballer has said no to Barcelona since I’ve been here.”

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“The player we want to sign, we talk to him, we tell him about the ideal playing style and the training sessions,” the Barcelona coach added.

“If you touch the ball 20 times in another club, here you will touch it 40 times. The club, the wonderful city, the history of Barcelona… I will try to convince any player that coming to Barcelona is a golden opportunity.”

Speculation about Haaland’s future is likely to persist for a number of months to come, but Barcelona are hoping to get some other transfer work done before then.

The contracts of Javi and Ronald Arajo are due to expire next year, while the club is currently trying to extend their contract with new terms.

“They are two very important players. The club is doing very well and they are a priority for us,” Xavi confirmed.

“It is a process,” Xavi said. “Sometimes negotiations take a long time. We hope to reach an agreement in favor of the club.”

Barcelona is looking forward, during its meeting with its guest, Galatasaray, to keep its record unbeaten for the eighth consecutive match in all competitions.

While Barcelona is considered the favorite to win the European League title next May, Xavi believes that Sevilla, the team that has won the most titles in the continental competition, is the team that must be overcome.

“I don’t consider us the favorites to win this championship,” Xavi said.

“We are one of the favorites to win and we have to prove it on the field. There is enthusiasm in Barcelona. Every match here is a test, but we haven’t done anything yet,” the Spanish coach stressed.

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It is noteworthy that Barcelona met with Galatasaray in eight matches before, as it seeks to continue to beat its Turkish rival for the fourth match in a row, knowing that the last meeting between the two teams dates back to November 2002 in the group stage of the Champions League, and the match ended. The Spanish team won 3-1.