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It was not one, nor were there two, it was three: the other names of the Laporta-Raiola meeting

Last Monday, Pedri received the ‘Golden Boy’ 2021 for the best under-21 player of the year. The ceremony took place in Turin, where Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Erling Haaland’s representative Mino Raiola met to discuss the future of the Borussia Dortmund forward. At the meeting, the boss of the Catalans made clear to the Italian agent the firm interest of the Barcelona club in his client for the 2022 summer transfer market. However, according to the Sport and Mundo Deportivo newspapers, the name of the Nordic scorer was not the only one on the table.

Joan Laporta also asked Mino Raiola about the situation of three of his players who end their contract in the middle of 2022. Given the economic crisis of the Catalans, there is no other formula than to sign players who do not have a transfer price, but with good sign in the pass market

1. Paul Pogba (Volante / 28 years old). The French footballer is one of the most desired in the transfer market. His continuity at Manchester United, except for one miracle, is ruled out, which is why Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and PSG are following in his footsteps. The friendship between Laporta and Raiola could end up pushing the Frenchman to the Camp Nou. The problem for the Catalans are the more than 10 million euros that he earns per season.

Paul Pogba came to Manchester United for a figure of 105 million euros. (Photo: AFP)

2. Xavi Simons (Midfielder / 18 years old). Almost three years after leaving the quarries of Barcelona, ​​the young Dutch midfielder wants to go back to dressing up as a Barça player after an unfortunate step by PSG. In the player’s closest circle they believe that Xavi Hernández could give him the opportunities that he does not receive from Mauricio Pochettino. He also international with the youth teams of Countries would not be for the work of renewing with Paris Saint-Germain.

Xavi Simons arrived at PSG from Barcelona in the 2019 summer market (Getty)
Xavi Simons arrived at PSG from Barcelona in the 2019 summer market (Getty)

3. Noussair Mazraoui (Defender / 24 years old). Like Paul Pogba and Xavi Simons, the Moroccan nationalized Dutch footballer has only a few months’ contract with Ajax. He plays as a right-back and at Camp Nou they believe that he is the ideal man to reinforce a position that has brought several headaches to Barcelona since the departure of Dani Alves.

Mazraoui ends contract with Ajax in mid-2022. (Getty)
Mazraoui ends contract with Ajax in mid-2022. (Getty)

The president promised reinforcements

The president of the institution clarified that the entity works to strengthen itself in January, which is why it has asked for unity in the stands of the Camp Nou.

“I share our disappointment with the Champions League tie. We all agree that we will strengthen the first team ”, assured the president. He also acknowledged that it will not be easy to add players in the next market. In fact, footballers will have to come out so that the Blaugranas can sign and thus adjust to the fair play financial.

“The problem is that we have very high legacy contracts that do not give us a salary margin. We are looking for the formula to improve the team this winter. We are working to achieve it. And we will achieve it “added the president.

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