Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste has ruled out a move for Manchester United and Man City target Erling Haaland next summer.
Haaland is almost certain to leave Borussia Dortmund in 2022 when a contractual release clause of € 75million (£ 63.7million) goes into effect.
Haaland has 68 goals in 67 games for Dortmund and is one of the hottest properties in the game
Barcelona were originally touted as a potential destination, but their financial crisis left President Joan Laporta with a big headache
The Norwegian phenomenon has all the biggest clubs in the world on its heels, which would usually include Barcelona, if the Spanish giants weren’t in financial crisis.
Returning president Joan Laporta revealed his side were in debt of € 1.6 billion, with their current troubles causing them to lose their all-time best player over the summer, when Lionel Messi joined the PSG for free.
However, Barcelona were one of the first stops when Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge toured the forward’s potential destinations earlier this year.
Raiola had a whirlwind tour of Europe’s biggest teams as it looked like Dortmund would miss out on Champions League football, however, the club made the top four and Haaland stayed
But now Yuste has given sides such as Manchester United and Manchester City a boost, excluding Barca from the race for the 21-year-old goalscorer.
Both Premier League clubs have been heavily linked with a move by the Norwegian sensation, which is expected to demand astronomical salaries.
Yuste explained, “No [we can’t afford him].
“The president and the CEO said it, that during the previous mandate, which I also repeat that it was catastrophic, they bought players without knowing if they could pay and that they only made increase the debt, in addition to finding us the mass salary that we have encountered.
Barcelona lost their best player over the summer due to financial mismanagement
The vice president then said the club needed to reassess its finances in the coming year, after finding the club “in ruins”.
“Between now and next year, we’ll see what the situation is and what we can count on for signings,” he said.
“You need to put the partitions in a house that we found in ruins first, so let’s focus on fortification first, feeding the household first, and then we’ll see what we can do.
“Without losing sight of the fact that we always want to have the best, and Haaland, he’s one of the best in the world. “
Haaland is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, but won’t go to Barcelona
Barcelona have faced a number of recent humiliations in the transfer market, culminating with Messi leaving this year.
Last summer they let striker Luis Suarez join Atletico Madrid for free and then he became a star player as Atleti beat Barca for the LaLiga title.
The Catalan giants have also allowed high-earner Antoine Griezmann to return to Atleti on loan this summer, two years after signing for Barcelona for £ 107million.
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