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Barcelona and Real Madrid have been warned that they will require a “magic trick” to get Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland onto their booksthis summer, with La Liga president Javier Tebas doubting that big-money deals will be done.
Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund will, however, be reluctant sellers and even those with the deepest pockets are struggling to find the funds required to make such moves during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Tebas told ASwhen asked if Barca and Real could land Mbappe and Haaland: “How, with a magic trick?
“Barca have to move out many players to bring in a star, Madrid are not in position to do it either. Apart from the clubs owned by nation states, everyone has financial issues.
“We cannot say that Mbappe or Haaland will arrive, that [Lionel] Messi will stay… it is impossible. The crisis is global.
“We are trying to ensure that the La Liga brand is above the players and even the clubs.
“I would like to have Messi, [Pep] Guardiola, [Jurgen] Klopp, Haaland, Mbappe, but it is not possible.”
While struggling to see how two more global superstars can be added to the ranks in La Liga, Tebas is eager to ensure that one already in Spain stays put.
Questions continue to be asked of Messi’s future at Barcelona as his contract ticks down towards free agency.
Fresh terms have been mooted though, with the Argentine waiting until the end of the season before making a decision on his future,and Tebas believes the six-time Ballon d’Or winner should avoid tarnishing his legacy by leaving Camp Nou.
He added on the mercurial South American: “If I were Messis advisor I would tell him, stay at Barca.
“I want Messi to stay. He is the best player in history. If you are thinking about his last years of football, he should continue to be linked to theBarcelona brand.
“He started at Barcelona and I think he should continue at Barca. If I was hisadvisor, I would tell him hemust do everything possible to stay at Barca.”