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Barcelona’s financial problems affected Haaland’s move to City - Xavi

Mon 09 May 2022 | 13:47

The Norway international is on the verge of making a move to Manchester City, but he has previously been linked with Barcelona.

Xavi

thinks that the financial problems of

Barcelona

will have affected the signing of Erling Haaland if

Manchester City

acquire his services.

Many reports claim that City will pronounce the signing of the Norwegian this week, with the Premier League leaders prepared to trigger his €75million release clause.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have been eager to pen a contract with the Norwegian striker, who has met the back of the net 28 times in 29 matches this season.

However, the Blaugrana are still trying to sort out their financial problems that had them part ways with Lionel Messi before the season started.

And those restrictions are keeping Barcelona from signing with the Borussia Dortmund striker.

Xavi talked before his side’s battle against Celta Vigo on Tuesday:

"It's not official, when it is, you ask me again...

"If I rule him out for us? I'm not going to lie to you, with our economic situation it's very difficult."

Quizzed whether Haaland is considering the money instead of a project, Xavi said: "

I wouldn't say that. I'm not going to disrespect other club's sporting projects.

"City have a lot of titles and compete at a top level. If what you say happens, it would've been because of our financial issues."

While Xavi did not mention the club’s transfer plans, he admitted that they need to strengthen their squad.

"This year is not positive and we have to reinforce ourselves,"

said Xavi. 

"All who come will be welcome. People have to leave. The situation is not easy, it is one of the most difficult in the history of the club. But we have to strengthen ourselves. There is evidence and everyone has seen it.

"We have made a football diagnosis. Then there is the economic. We are very clear about what we want for next year and we will try to do everything that can be done."

Xavi is so determined to keep winger Ousmane Dembele on the books, with his contract reaching its end in June.

He has met the back of the net 11 times in La Liga this season.

"The club already knows my idea,"

Xavi added on Dembele. 

"I would like him to stay. He has helped us and, if he stays and renews, he will help us. He has already done so this season."


source: SportMob

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