It was a week dominated by the Champions League achievements of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, and Barcelona presidential hopeful Toni Freixa believes the club can sign both players.
Freixa is one of three candidates for the final ballot for the club elections to take place on 7 March in the Barcelona news event, but he lags behind the frontrunners Joan Laporta and Victor Font and is now hoping to have an impact.
Having claimed on Monday that his election would guarantee an investment of EUR 250 million in the club, Freixa also claimed that he would be able to bring both Mbappe and Haaland star strikers to Camp Nou.
These claims appear to be enormously ambitious, but also somewhat outlandish, owing to the precarious economic position of the club and the alarming debt levels, much of which has to be paid off this year.
However, a bullish Freixa told Catalan radio station RAC1, in quotes carried by Marca: “Signing Haaland and Mbappe? It is absolutely possible and this is what Barça must do; signing players of that level.
“We do have a maxim that we will never talk about players until we present them. It is a bad strategy because you serve other clubs on a plate so that they can step on the negotiation.”
Freixa served on the board under Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu, former incumbents, but left the board in 2015.
In the 2015 presidential elections at the club, 52-year-old Freixa, who is a lawyer by trade, finished bottom of the pile with just 3.7 percent of the vote-1,750 votes-but he is hopeful of building on that this time round.