Barcelona should not be put off by Erling Haaland’s big price

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Erling Haaland is currently one of the most popular teenagers in the world of football. And according to ESPN, Barcelona have taken an interest in the young sensation but could be put off by Salzburg’s reported £85.7m asking price. However, the Catalans are in dire need of a worthy Luis Suarez replacement and currently there’s no better man available.

What’s the word, then?

The 19-year-old centre-forward has so far been the biggest revelation of the season.

The same source claims Haaland is a highly sought-after player in the market as his performances, especially the ones in the Champions League, have already successfully turned a couple of heads.

But for that very reason, the fact that Salzburg may ask for £85.7m doesn’t really come as a big surprise, despite the forward’s young age.

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And that could very well be the thing that ultimately stops the Catalans from making their move.

But looking at their current striker situation, with Suarez already making strides in his 30s and his output slowly decreasing, Barcelona should look past the enormous asking price and go all-in for the Norvegian prodigy.

An ideal replacement

Suarez has definitely been a huge servant for the Blaugrana but there comes a time when even the best of them have to call it a day.

Despite scoring eight goals and assisting further one in the 13 games he’s played for the club across all competitions in 2019/20, the Uruguayan has mostly been a shadow of his former self.

With multiple bad displays under his belt already, it might be a good time for the Catalans to start looking at players who could represent worthy replacements for their ageing forward.

And they shouldn’t really look further than Haaland.

The 19-year-old has already scored 26 goals in just 18 games, more than Suarez, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann combined, across all competitions, including seven goals in the Champions League.

Not to mention that he netted both a hattrick and a brace in Europe along the way.

Should Barcelona splash the cash for Erling Haaland?

Yes, he's worth it

Yes, he's worth it

No, too expensive and doesn't fit

No, too expensive and doesn't fit

By all standards, the young prodigy is the real deal and Salzburg’s reported asking price, despite being extremely inflated, could very well be worth it in the long run.

It is time for Barcelona to pull the trigger and land someone who will make them set for the future.

Haaland is the one and if they don’t scoop him, someone else will.

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