Joan Laporta

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has stated that no pay concessions would be offered to possible new players.

The Catalan club, which has a negative €144 million expenditure restriction under LaLiga rules, has continued to work on budget reductions.

Laporta, though, stated that Barcelona will still add “four or five reinforcements” during the summer transfer period.

“We are working on the financial issue and obtaining more resources to have the salary margin we need,” Laporta told Mundo Deportivo.

“And at the same time, we are working from the sporting management side to incorporate four or five reinforcements that we think the team needs to be increasingly competitive.”

Erling Haaland has been linked with a transfer to Camp Nou, while French publication L’Equipe said that Barcelona have entered the competition to capture PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe, who is also desired by Real Madrid.

When asked about the potential of signing both players, Laporta replied: “I’m not going to enter, and you have to allow me not to, to talk about players because if I do, the only thing I can do is harm the interests of our club. If we talk about a player and we had the intention of signing him, that will increase the price.”

Laporta also promised club members that Barca would not “lose its mind” in pursuit of high-profile additions at a tough financial period for the LaLiga giants.


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