Mino Raiola brands Erling Haaland to Barcelona speculation ‘FAKE NEWS!’ – after presidential candidate Emili Rousaud claimed the club would sign the Borussia Dortmund star if he was elected
- Former Barcelona vice-president Emili Rousaud is running to become president
- Rousaud has vowed to sign Norwegian striker Erling Haaland if he wins the race
- However, Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola shot down the claim as ‘fake news’
- The super agent claimed he has had no contact with the candidate over Haaland
Erling Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has shot down Barcelona’s presidential candidate Emili Rousaud after he said the club would sign the striker if he was elected.
Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is one of the hottest young prospects on the planet and has scored 17 goals in just 14 games this season, with 33 in 32 since he signed from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are among the other clubs chasing the 20-year-old sensation’s signature.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland has been linked to Barcelona by presidential candidate
But his agent Mino Raiola shot down the claims saying there has been no contact
But as reported by AS, Josep Maria Minguella declared the Norwegian would move to the Nou Camp if Rousaud takes the helm at Barcelona.
He said: ‘We know all the conditions and if we win, the following day I will call Mino Raiola and we will accept those conditions. I have already advised him of that.
‘We have a world-class sports project that is not showing just now, but Emili Rousaud has a plan that will turn this unfortunate situation (at Barcelona) around.’
However, Raiola was quick to respond to the claims and said that he never spoke to Rousaud ahead of the election.
He told Sport1: ‘Fake news! I’ve never talked to any presidential candidate of Barcelona regarding Haaland and I won’t do. If there will be a new president elected in January, he can call me’.
Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud promised to sign him if he wins the election
Haaland has a release clause in his Dortmund contract of £65million which comes into effect from June 2022 – with the German side unwilling to sell before then – while his agent Mino Raiola is known to be extremely demanding in negotiations.
Given Barcelona’s well-publicised financial woes, a blank cheque to sign Haaland and sate Raiola’s demands seems somewhat unlikely.
Ronald Koeman’s side has £720million of debt, with their £900million wage bill the highest in the world.
Last month the players and manager Koeman agreed pay cuts after drawn-out negotiations which will save the club £109m, with £45m deferred – but still £16m short of their £170m savings target.
Rousaud, 54, was a vice-president at the Catalan club but was one of six board members to resign in April over former president Josep Bartomeu’s running of the club.
The 20-year-old is one of football’s hottest properties after 17 goals in 14 games this season
Rousaud said he would accept all the demands and conditions of Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola
Bartomeu himself stepped down in October, with the election to decide the new president set for January 24, 2021.
Victor Font, Joan Laporta, Jordi Farre, Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito, Lluis Fernandez plus Xavi Vilajoana, Jordi Roche and Juan Rosell are among the other candidates for the role.
Rousaud has previously outlined his personal transfer plans and admitted in April a return for Brazilian forward Neymar was possible.
Rousaud also stated he wants Neymar (right) at the Nou Camp and Lionel Messi (left) to stay
Sportsmail reported earlier this month Rousaud’s concession that talisman Lionel Messi’s £500,000-a-week wage was ‘not affordable.’
However, the Barcelona-born businessman also insisted he wanted Messi to stay, despite the Argentine’s contract expiring in summer 2021.
His deal’s expiry date means clubs outside Spain can start contract negotiations in the new year, with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City linked.