A ceremony to present the prestigious Golden Boy football award ceremony was held in Turin during the day, but the central news from that event is not that Pedri received a flattering recognition. That has been known for the last three weeks.
Barcelona President Joan Laporta came to the north of Italy in support of his prodigy, but he used his trip to Italy meeting with one of the most powerful football agents of today, Mino Raiola- the topic was his most expensive product, Erling Haaland.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that this is not a relaxed chat, but a serious meeting that took place outside the hotel where the leaders of Barcelona stayed and which was also attended by the sports director of the greats from Camp Nou, Mateu Alemany Raiola stated three days ago in a conversation with German Sport1 that there are four big clubs that a Norwegian can go to.
He pointed out Bayern, Real Madrid, Manchester City ... But also Barcelona, for which, as things stand, the attack on Haaland will be the number one summer priority. The stumbled Catalan giant wanted Haaland last summer in the early months of Laporta's return to the position of the club's first man.
Alf-Inge Haaland and the agent of his golden boy were greeted at the airport in Catalonia by a man close to Joan Laporta. Catalonia was shaking then, but nothing happen. At that time, the newly elected president talked about austerity measures, and in the meantime, it turned out that the financial situation of Barcelona was so bad that they had no cover to keep Lionel Messi and not violate the provisions of financial fair play.
Even if Barcelona was perfectly liquid at the time, Borussia decided to keep Haaland at Signal Iduna Park for at least another year. European media speculate that on account of close relations with Raiola, Laporta wants to box more acceptable conditions when it comes to the player's salary, because Catalans cannot send figures that would mean one of the highest salaries in football history.
Not so long ago, while talking to the Chelsea management, Raiola asked for 50,000,000 gross per year. Very hard work for all three parties. Raiola is trying to box the best possible contract for his player, Haaland wants a club where he sees prospects and with which he can strive for the biggest goals, while clubs like Barcelona are trying to get out of the crisis by signing players like Haaland.