Barcelona will continue to pursue the signing of Erling Haaland but there is an acceptance that it will be “very difficult” to strike a deal.
The Borussia Dortmund star is among the most wanted stars in football following his exploits over the past two years.
His agent, Mino Raiola, and father, Alf-Inge, travelled to Spain and held meetings with the Catalans as well as Real Madrid.
Newly elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta is determined to try and seal a deal but acknowledges that the club’s financial situation may prevent them from doing so, reports ESPN.
Barcelona’s gross debt stands at almost €1.2bn and Laporta has confessed that big decisions must be made.
Haaland’s release clause comes into affect next summer meaning Dortmund can name their price come the end of the season.
Reports in Spain this weekend claim Raiola and Haaland Sr. would each want €20m in commission in addition to a €30m net salary for Haaland.
This is before any transfer fee had been settled on making any move hugely challenging.
Raiola has since dismissed those reports on Twitter, calling them “fake news.”
Barcelona are paying the price for several expensive summers of recruitment that have not had the desired affect.
Players like Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann have all failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp.
The Spanish club allowed high earners like Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez to depart last summer in an effort to slash the wage bill.
A similar pattern may emerge this year although Ronald Koeman is desperate to bring in a new frontman.
Haaland is at the top of that list as Laporta continues to plan for next season with the Dutch coach.