Erling Haaland's dad and agent land in Barcelona and whisked off to transfer meeting with president Joan Laporta

BARCELONA could be set to steal a march in the race for Erling Haaland after the player's representatives began talks with the club.

On Thursday morning, the striker's dad and advisor Alf-Inge Haaland and agent Mino Raiola were spotted at Barcelona airport.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the pair were then whisked away in a car driven by club president Joan Laporta's right-hand man.

The newly-elected Barcelona chief hinted at a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker before winning the post last month.

The club is dealing with a difficult financial situation while also attempting to renew Lionel Messi's contract, which expires in June.

But reports suggest Raiola and Laporta hold a strong working relationship, potentially standing them in good stead to win the race for Haaland.

SunSport revealed this week that a deal to sign the 20-year-old could cost as much as £300million.

That includes a £150m transfer fee and a five-year contract featuring £600,000-a-week wages.

Manchester City, where dad Alf-Inge used to play, are another club thought to be targeting the striker.

Sergio Aguero's imminent exit has opened up a big hole in Pep Guardiola's attack with Haaland joining Harry Kane, but not Messi, on their shortlist.

Bayern Munich have ruled out a bid for the Dortmund star but Chelsea and Manchester United remain linked.

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