Former Barcelona advisor reveals why club rejected the signing of Erling Haaland
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Former Barcelona advisor reveals why club rejected the signing of Erling Haaland

Former Barcelona advisor Ariedo Braida has admitted that Barcelona rejected the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland as they felt he didn't fit the bill to play for a team of that calibre.

Haaland has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the football realm at the age of 20, since coming through Austrian giants Salzburg and eventually being signed by Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old registered 44 goals across all competitions last season, 16 came through 18 appearances after he arrived during mid-season.

Haaland has scored himself five league goals this season in as many matches player while netting seven across all competitions.

Braida, during his time at Barcelona revealed that the club felt the youngster who was at Molde at the time was not a player who fits the profile of a true Barca player.

"I was studying players and I wrote down some names like Haaland from Borussia Dortmund when he was still playing in Norway," Braida told Marca.

"But at the club, they told me no, that he didn't have the Barcelona profile. I also suggested other players from Italy, like [Nicolo] Barella, who is now at Inter, or [Nicolo] Zaniolo, who plays at Roma.

"But if you don't have the responsibility to do this because it has been given to others, you can't do anything. I was isolated."

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