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Barcelona feeling optimistic about landing Haaland - report

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The Borussia Dortmund star is in demand this summer

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The Erling Haaland rumors continue to fly about with the latest update coming from Diario Sport who reckon there is “optimism” at Barcelona that they can land the Borussia Dortmund striker.

The obvious problem for Barcelona is the price, and the club’s enormous debts, but the report reckons the Catalans have decided Haaland is an “absolutely strategic” and “vital” signing.

Barcelona believe it is “very, very likely” that Haaland will leave this summer because he has a buyout clause of just €75 million that comes into effect next year. Dortmund must therefore renew or sell to the highest bidder.

Despite rumors that Dortmund want €200m or, more recently, €180m for Haaland, Diario Sport claim that actually Barcelona could land him for €150m.

Manchester City and Real Madrid are both mentioned as possible destinations, although Los Blancos are believed to have made Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe their priority.

The report adds that Barca have already told Haaland that he’s their top choice to strengthen the attack and will sell “one or two starters” and offload some high earners to finance the deal.