Barca turned down Haaland – Braida
Former Barcelona advisor Ariedo Braida claimed the LaLiga giants turned down the possibility to signal Erling Haaland earlier than his meteoric rise as they felt the Norwegian star didn’t have the profile to slot in at Camp Nou.
Haaland has shortly emerged as the most effective forwards in soccer, having rose to stardom at Austrian champions Salzburg earlier than becoming a member of Bundesliga facet Borussia Dortmund in January.
The 20-year-old scored 44 targets throughout all competitions in 2019-20 – 16 of these coming in 18 appearances after a mid-season transfer from Salzburg to Dortmund.
Haaland already has 5 Bundesliga targets in as many appearances this time period, whereas he has netted seven throughout all competitions.
Braida, who was relieved by Barca in 2019, revealed the Catalan powerhouse handed on Haaland throughout his time at Molde as he hit out the membership.
“I used to be learning gamers and I wrote down some names like Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, when he was nonetheless taking part in in Norway,” Braida informed Marca.
“However on the membership they informed me no, that he didn’t have the Barcelona profile. I additionally urged different gamers from Italy, like [Nicolo] Barella, who’s now at Inter, or [Nicolo] Zaniolo, who performs at Roma.
“However when you don’t have the duty to do that as a result of it has been given to others, you may’t do something. I used to be remoted.”
Haaland is ready to make his tenth Champions League look in opposition to Zenit on Wednesday.
The Norway worldwide is already assured to have scored extra targets than every other participant of their first 10 within the competitors, with Haaland having netted 11 targets in 9 video games to this point, averaging a aim each 59 minutes.
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Braida additionally mentioned Barca’s earlier curiosity in Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba.
Pogba left Serie A champions Juventus and returned to United in 2016, regardless of Barca’s obvious pursuit.
“It’s not a lie. It’s true that Albert Soler and I went to Milan and met with the Juventus board,” Braida mentioned. “However regardless of the talks, there was no actual intention to signal him.
“In truth, Pogba ended up staying that summer time in Turin and didn’t go to a different membership. I mentioned he was an important participant, I used to be speaking about it with Albert Soler, with whom I take into account that he had a great private relationship, however once more, professionally we couldn’t work collectively as a result of I used to be not allowed.”
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