It is ‘absolutely possible’ for Barcelona to pull off blockbuster deals for Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland this summer, believes Toni Freixa, one of the candidates running in the club’s upcoming presidential elections.
Freixa is on the charm offensive ahead of the elections in March and his latest comments have revealed his stance that marquee signings must still be a focus – despite Barcelona finding themselves in more than £1billion of debt.
Asked by RAC1 if Barcelona still have the means to target the Paris Saint-Germain or Borussia Dortmund star, Freixa said: ‘It is absolutely possible. It’s what Barca should do. Incorporate players that can make a difference.’
It is ‘absolutely possible’ for Barcelona to pull off deals for Kylian Mbappe (left) or Erling Haaland (right) despite debts of more than £1billion, says presidential candidate Toni Freixa
Freixa did cool his approach when pushed on interest in the two young superstar forwards.
‘We will never talk about players until we present them,’ he added.
‘It is a bad strategy because you serve other clubs that step on you in negotiations on a platter.’
PSG frontman Mbappe and Dortmund ace Haaland have terrorised countless defences this season and were both on target for their teams in the recent round of Champions League fixtures.
Barcelona saw first hand the damage Mbappe can do as he scored a hat-trick in PSG’s 4-1 win at the Nou Camp.
It is believed PSG’s valuation of the 22-year-old stands at €200m (£173m) – and Mbappe’s hefty wage packet would only increase the package required to get him out of Paris.
Haaland showcased his credentials further south in Spain with a brace against Sevilla in Dortmund’s last-16 first-leg victory.
More to follow.