Barcelona plan on altering their transfer policy for the summer as they find an alternative replacement for Erling Haaland of BVB.
Barcelona has been in the thick of almost all transfer rumors for the summer transfer window. With Joan Laporta being sworn in as the president of Barcelona recently, he is determined to make the Catalan club, serious contenders for the European Cup from next season. However, a serious issue that needs to be addressed in the summer is the financial distress which the club finds itself in.
As it seems, Laporta does not seem too intimidated by the club’s huge impending debt of over 1 billion euros. After shortlisting Erling Haaland as one of Barcelona’s top priority, he has identified Andre Silva as an alternative to the Dortmund striker in case the deal does not go through. As reported by German Daily, Bild, Barcelona have been impressed with Eintracht Frankfurt striker’s form in the current season.
Andre Silva has finally lived up to his hype that he created a few years ago when he signed for Sevilla. The Portuguese striker has scored 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season, which has propelled the German club to fourth place in the league. He has been involved in 49% of the goals his side have scored this season, which is a stat that proves how important he has been for Frankfurt this season.
The report from the German daily adds that Andre Silva is valued at around 40 million euros, as the 25-year old still has two years left on his contract after the conclusion of the current season. Joan Laporta has good relations with Silva’s agent, Jorge Mendes which can play a vital role in this deal. However, Barcelona’s top priority for the summer remains Erling Haaland who is available for a sum going northwards from 100 million euros.
Eintracht Frankfurt might be willing to sell the Portuguese striker in the summer as their main priority is to retain Luka Jovic who is back on a loan spell after a disastrous season at Real Madrid. Speaking realistically, a move for Haaland sounds too ambitious at the moment given the huge debt piled by Laporta’s predecessor. Moreover, if Lionel Messi decides to stay at the club, the Catalans will have a rather quiet transfer window and will consider signing Andre Silva.
Silva has demonstrated his goal-scoring abilities and has also shown that he is capable of playing as the central striker for any club in Europe. However, as easy it might sound, playing for Barcelona brings with it a lot of pressure, something which several top players have failed to deal with. Laporta will have to carefully consider his options and make sure he has played the right cards in the summer window.