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Laporta and Florentino Pérez set to battle for Alaba and Haaland

The new Barça regime have also set their sights on the signing of both current Bundesliga players Haaland and David Alaba.

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Laporta and Florentino Pérez set to battle for Alaba and Haaland

The last time Real Madrid and Barcelona went head-to-head over a signing was related to Neymar Jr and his move to Europe from Brazilian side Santos. In that particular tussle, then Barcelona president Sandro Rosell out manoeuvred Florentino Pérez despite the inner mechanics of the deal later seeing charges levelled against the executive. Since 2003, competition between both clubs has remained to the field of play, however Sunday's presidential election could see a shift in the tide as new FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has his eyes fixed on both Erling Haaland and David Alaba.

Just last week, Pini Zahavi and Fali Ramadani (David Alaba's representatives) met with Joan Laporta in the Catalan capital and despite Laporta initially denying the claim on RAC 1 radio, he later rectified stating: "I have a long standing relationship with many agents and if the players in question are of interest to Barça and within our possibilities, then the door will be open".

During his presidential campaign, Laporta was cautious in linking his name with potential acquisitions but was happy to reiterate his solid relationship with many high profile player representatives with Pini Zahavi being a particular case in point.

Zlatan deal

Laporta also holds a cordial relationship with Mino Raiola with their relationship dating back to the time Zlatan Ibrahimovic spent with the Catalan club with Raiola now having Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland on his books with the Dortmund striker one of the most coveted in European football.

TOPSHOT-FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONATOPSHOT - A giant electoral poster of candidate for presidency of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta is displayed on a building next to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on December 16, 2020. - Barcelona will hold elections for a new president on January 24, following former chief Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation early this year. One of the front runners Joan Laporta, was at the helm of Barca from 2003-2010, a period which included four La Liga titles and two Champions League triumphs. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Laporta is aware that this time around, the club's financial clout is less powerful than in the past with the club needing to sell before they can really operate in the market. The new Barcelona president is well connected and plans to do all in his power to compete with Real Madrid in the new post covid transfer market.