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Barcelona have a Plan B if they fail to sign Erling Haaland

FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made no secret of his desire to sign next generation talent Erling Haaland by openly courting his agent Mino Raiola

When in Turin accompanying Pedri who was collecting the Golden Boy, Laporta was photographed in conversation with one of the most divisive figures in football, whom Barca previously had sour relations with on the watch of Laporta's predecessor Josep Bartomeu that resulted in defender Matthijs de Ligt heading to Juventus and not the Camp Nou at the conclusion of a season where he captained Ajax to the brink of the Champions League final at 19 years of age.

Rumor has it that there is a $85mn release clause for Haaland that will be activated in the summer. And while this may be feasible for the Catalans irrespective of their debts, there are also other factors to consider such as signing bonuses for the player himself, his father and Raiola.

Simultaneously, there are also other interested parties such as Real Madrid, who are also in the hunt for Kylian Mbappe, Chelsea, and Manchester City. In case they miss out on his capture to one of these outfits, then, Barca are preparing a Plan B according to Sport which consists of two young, budding talents.

Aged 21, Serbian international Dusan Vlahovic is liked by Xavi and the starting price for the Fiorentina number 9 is currently believed to be around $68mn as Serie A giants Juve and Arsenal in the Premier League circle around him.

Scoring on Monday against Genoa, it is understood that the youngster waved goodbye to the La Viola faithful as the north Londoners close in on him, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

Related to Haaland due to their shared history at Dortmund, Alexander Isak has been linked to the Blaugrana before. Currently plying his trade at Real Sociedad, the 22-year-old impressed at Euro 2020 but is more expensive owing to his $102mn release clause.

Dortmund previously had their own agreement that saw them able to buy him back for three times less that amount but it was removed last summer. But what is dangerous for Barca is that they miss out on both the Scandinavians which will push them to perhaps look at Darwin Nunez of Benfica once more after failing to land Lautaro Martinez prior to the pandemic.