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Fabrizio Romano Claims Barcelona Prepared To Pay €75m For Bundesliga Striker: Dream Option For Xavi?

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In a recent edition of the Que Golazo podcast, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that Barcelona are prepared to pay €75m to recruit Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. It is understood that Barca are trying to convince the Norwegian forward to believe in Xavi’s rebuilding project at the Nou Camp.

Haaland’s Impressive Record In German Football This Season

Haaland is having another stellar campaign at the Signal Iduna Park as he has produced a series of productive performances as the spearhead of Dortmund’s attack. The Leeds-born sensation has netted 23 goals and secured six assists in 23 matches for the German club this season across various competitions.

The 21-year-old has led the line well based on his average of 3.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Bundesliga.

However, he needs to take care of the ball better when interchanging possession in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 70.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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COLOGNE, GERMANY – MARCH 20: Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between 1. FC Köln and Borussia Dortmund at RheinEnergieStadion on March 20, 2022 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Is Haaland A Dream Option For Barcelona?

Haaland has proven his worth as a natural goal-scorer in the attacking end of the field. He excels at creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target and can even create some meaningful openings for his teammates up top.

Standing at 1.94, the Norway international is a powerful presence inside the opponent’s penalty box and can win his fair share of aerial duels for his team. However, he needs to work on improving his overall link-up play in the final third. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of recruiting the Dortmund attacker as he is good enough to help Barcelona challenge for some major trophies in the coming seasons.

At 21, Haaland is a generational talent who would add some physicality and more goals to Xavi‘s attack. He has what it takes to spearhead the Barca attack for the next decade.

All in all, Haaland will be a dream option for the Catalan giants if they can find a way to bring him to the Nou Camp during the summer transfer window. The Dortmund superstar would serve as an upgrade over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is entering the final stage of his playing career.

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