Mino Raiola’s intention to auction Manchester City goal Erling Haaland to the highest bidder this summer was made clear on Thursday as he flew to Spain to meet with both Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Raiola and Erling’s father, Alf-Inge, had a two-hour meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and the club’s football director Mateu Alemany.
The agent then flew to Madrid, where reports in Spain claimed he had met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alfie Haaland have been spotted at Real Madrid just hours after a meeting with Barcelona
Erling Haaland’s father Alfie (L) and agent Mino Raiola (R) arrived in Barcelona on Thursday
The 20-year-old (pictured last year with his father) could leave Borussia Dortmund this summer
There is much speculation about the future of Haaland, with Dortmund setting a valuation of £ 154 million
Raiola will lead negotiations with several clubs in what is expected to be a fierce battle for the signature of Haaland this summer
Laporta has a good relationship with Raiola after the deal the two men made in 2009 to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp.
The Norwegian forward’s agent has a much more ironic relationship with Perez as he has never moved a player to the Spanish club.
The visit from Haaland Snr and Raiola comes after reports emerged that Madrid is looking to repay the £ 150 million in talent currently on loan to help them fund a move for Haaland or PSG star Kylian Mbappe this summer.
Gareth Bale and Arsenal duo Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos are among nine players on loan from the La Liga champions, with the Norway captain particularly impressing the North London trio.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is on the hunt for a big attacker this summer
Reports in Spain suggest club could sacrifice £ 150m in talent to bring in Haaland or Mbappé
And according to Spanish outlet AS, Madrid wants to sell some of the players in that € 176 million ‘loan box’ to help them finance a move for Mbappé or Haaland.
Both Madrid and Barcelona are facing huge financial problems and La Liga president Javier Tebas has expressed doubts about the ability of Spanish clubs to compete in the Premier League this summer.
The forward has a £ 65 million release clause at Dortmund that won’t take effect until 2022, but he could leave this summer as Dortmund are struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The news of Raiola and Haaland Snr in Barcelona comes as the Dortmund hierarchy reportedly saw Raiola’s comments about the player this week as a ‘declaration of war’.
Barça has a crippling short-term debt crisis and the urgent need to slash their labor costs.
Joan Laporta, the new president of Barcelona, wants to bring in Haaland this summer
But plans to sell corporate offshoots of the club, including Barca Studios and Barca Innovation Hub, coupled with plans to fire big earners like Philippe Coutinho, are behind the club’s tentative optimism that the club can make an offer.
Raiola admitted he was ‘perhaps too careful’ in facilitating a move to Dortmund instead of Man United for Haaland last year, using the phrase, ‘Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead.’
But the Bundesliga club reacted angrily to Raiola’s wording, with a German outlet Sport 1 say they see it as a ‘declaration of war’ as Raiola ‘plays poker’ for the Norwegian’s next big move.
Speak against The athletic, Raiola said: ‘Everyone was wrong with Haaland. He did things a lot faster than anyone imagined.
‘Haaland is ahead of its own development. He is ahead of his own schedule. Maybe I was too careful when I said, “Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead of I-don’t-know-where.”
Dortmund (photo CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke) sees Raiola’s comments as a ‘declaration of war’
‘This guy – I am 100 percent convinced and everyone is convinced – can move to any club, wherever he wants, even at this level. And he could have done that last year.
‘But maybe there were still teams (who said) last year,’ Oh, he was in Red Bull (Salzburg), can he do it in another club? ‘
“He is faster than his own prediction. So yes, Haaland is the talk of the town. ‘
Previous negotiations between United and Haaland’s representatives collapsed after the Premier League giants refused to comply with their demands.
Clearly, Dortmund has agreed to give Raiola and the player’s father a significant portion of future resale value, which the hierarchy at Old Trafford did not approve.
But in December 2019, Raiola insisted that it was Haaland who rejected United’s claims after the Red Devils blamed the agent for the deal’s collapse.
Raiola and Haaland Snr will travel to London as part of their tour ahead of talks to discuss the forward’s future with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.