Xavi Hernandez has stated Barcelona‘s monetary state of affairs dominated them out of the operating for Erling Haaland, with sources telling ESPN that Manchester Metropolis hope to announce the signing of the Borussia Dortmund striker later this week.
ESPN have reported on Barca’s curiosity in Haaland all through the previous 12 months, with Xavi refusing to disclaim a gathering occurred with the Norway worldwide in Munich as lately as March.
Nevertheless, with a switch payment of round €75 million and wages to cowl, Barca, who’re working underneath monetary restrictions imposed by LaLiga, have been unable to compete with Metropolis.
“It is very difficult because of the economic situation,” Barca coach Xavi stated in a information convention on Monday when requested about lacking out on Haaland. “I can’t lie to you, that is the reality.
“I would not say [it is only down to money]. I’m not going to disrespect different golf equipment’ sporting initiatives. We aren’t the one membership with a superb challenge. Metropolis have gained quite a lot of titles and compete on the high stage.
“But if what you say happens [and Barca don’t sign Haaland], it would have been because of financial issues.”
Requested if he might now verify his assembly with Haaland in Munich, Xavi, laughing, added: “I have been to Munich several times.”
Sources have advised ESPN Barca even have an curiosity in Bayern Munich‘s Robert Lewandowski as they appear to enhance in assault, though the membership’s monetary plight additionally makes that deal difficult, even with the Polish striker out of contract in 2023.
“It is important to strengthen every year, win or lose,” Xavi stated when requested if it was important to signal a high striker this summer season with Haaland shifting to Metropolis and Actual Madrid pursuing Kylian Mbappe.
“Barca have to strengthen every season, but even more so if we lose. But the financial situation is what we have. Players have to leave for signings to come in, so it is complicated.
“It’s one in all most troublesome conditions in membership’s historical past, however we now have to strengthen to be aggressive. We are going to assess amongst everybody right here on the membership what we will do and go from there.”
Barca’s spending limit has been reduced to minus-€144m by LaLiga — it is the only negative cap in the league — and they can only spend 25% of any savings on wages or transfer fees until they are operating within their limit.
That made qualifying for next season’s Champions League essential on a financial level, which Barca secured on Saturday with a win over Real Betis.
Xavi said they now have their sights set on finishing second, which would bring another cash boost via participation in the Spanish Supercopa in Saudi Arabia, but they are missing key players for Tuesday’s game against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.