- Erling Haaland has emerged top transfer target for Barcelona this summer
- The Camp Nou outfit wants to secure his signature ahead of Real Madrid and other top clubs
- Meanwhile, this move could hamper Lionel Messi's contract extension plans
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Barcelona are reportedly planning to focus their attention on securing Erling Haaland's signature over Lionel Messi's future at the club.
The Catalans are hoping to strengthen their squad for competitions for the coming season after a series of questionable performances on the last few campaigns.
Their record in Europe in the last few seasons have been below average as they have failed to go beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League since they last won the title in 2015.
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Hence, the Norwegian prolific goals scorer has become a top target for the Camp Nou outfit but might achieve their aim at the expense of Messi whose deal expires at the end of this season.
Sources also claim that Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the Norwegian hotshot who has scored 55 goals in 57 games for Borussia Dortmund in the last 18 months.
Meanwhile, the German club will not entertain any offer lower than £154 million for the forward this summer, with Mino Raiola visiting Spain earlier this year to hold talks with Barcelona and Madrid over his client.
Daily Mail quoting SunSport report that the new Barca president, Joan Laporta, is desperate to land the Norwegian, despite the club facing debts of £1bn.
The publication added that Barcelona are thinking long-term and view Haaland as the player to build their team around for years to come.
Meanwhile, their desperation to land Haaland could make Messi's contract extension a second option for the club.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has accepted his massive wages to be slashed into half in a bid to help Barcelona sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, Mirror.
Several top clubs in Europe have lined up to sign the young Norwegian striker who is in stellar form for the Bundesliga side this season.
It is understood that Messi who wanted to leave the club at the season made and U-turn after Joan Laporta was elected president.