Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has stated that the team would be unable to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund due to budgetary constraints.
Manchester City hopes to make Haaland’s deal official later this week.
With a transfer price of roughly €75 million-plus salaries to cover, Barcelona is unable to compete with City, which are operating under budgetary constraints imposed by LaLiga.
“It is very difficult because of the economic situation.
“I can’t lie to you, that is the reality.
“I wouldn’t say [it is only down to money]. I am not going to disrespect other clubs’ sporting projects. We are not the only club with a good project. City have won a lot of titles and competes at the top level.
“But if what you say happens [and Barca don’t sign Haaland], it would have been because of financial issues,” Barca coach Xavi said in a news conference on Monday when asked about missing out on Haaland.