Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2024

Man City striker Erling Haaland.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has responded to reports linking the club with a move for Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window. 

The Norwegian striker has taken the Premier League by storm since joining Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in 2022, scoring 54 goals in 58 top-flight appearances.

In a recent interview Haaland said he was “happy” at Man City, but also revealed that a new contract is not his main “focus” right now.

With Robert Lewandowski turning 36 later this year, Barcelona could be in the hunt for a new striker, but Laporta poured cold water over the possibility of making a big money signing in the next transfer window.

“We don’t need any big signing,” he told Mundo Deportivo (via Fabrizio Romano). “There will be movements but I don’t anticipate big ones, just team players.

“Our priority is to trust the team we have right now, we don’t want to sign players who could distort our harmony.”

Meanwhile, speculation over Frenkie de Jong’s future continues to bubble away. The Dutchman has previously been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs, but Laporta predicts the 26-year-old midfielder will remain at the club.

“Frenkie de Jong is super happy here,” Laporta claimed. “The last thing he wants is to leave Barcelona.

“He always told me that he loves to be at Barça and we’re delighted with Frenkie too. I’m not worried with his future, at all.”

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