Barcelona looking to sign Liverpool star Mohamed Salah or Bayern Munich goal machine Robert Lewandowski this summer as Joan Laporta appears to rule out Erling Haaland transfer

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Barcelona have big plans for the upcoming summer transfer window, as they target a move for either Robert Lewandowski or Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

The Catalan giants were keen to secure the signature of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, but have now turned their attentions to either the prolific Bayern striker or Liverpool’s Egyptian King.

Haaland will not be joining Barcelona this summer

A move to bring Haaland to the Nou Camp has looked increasingly unlikely due to the financial demands of the player and his representatives, with Man City now likely to sign the star.

Barca have earmarked both Lewandowski and Salah as potential recruits, who would offer instant solutions to their need for a No.9 beyond this season.

Lewandowski’s contract at the Bavarian giants runs until 2023, and the Poland international’s record speaks for itself, having scored an incredible 45 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season so far.

According to reports from Spanish outlet Marca, Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who is a close friend of the Bayern stars’ agent Pini Zahavi, is said to be prepared to pay €60million [£50m] for the player who turns 34 in August.

Lewandowski signed for Bayern from Dortmund in 2014 and has gone on to score 234 goals in 246 matches for the Bundesliga giants.

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The club are also said to be interested in Liverpool’s Salah, who is yet to agree fresh terms to remain on Merseyside.

Bayern’s Lewandowski, 33, is an option for Barca

Bayern’s Lewandowski, 33, is an option for Barca

Salah’s contract is up in 2023 and the winger is said to be holding out for a pay rise to £500,000-a-week – a fee the Reds aren’t willing to match.

Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed he and the club have done all they can to persuade the ex-Chelsea man to stay put.

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But Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas scoffed at Klopp’s recent remarks about Salah’s future, in an indication the two parties are no closer to reaching a deal, and Xavi is reportedly ready to pounce.

Although not an out-and-out No.9, It is claimed Barca are big admirers of the Egyptian’s versatility across the front line and regular scoring rate.

The 29-year-old has been in inspired form for Liverpool this season – chipping in with 28 goals and 10 assists in 36 games in all competitions.

He has registered 210 direct goal involvements [153 goals and 57 assists] in 238 games for Liverpool.

The Catalan giants are also interested in Liverpool’s Salah

The Catalan giants are also interested in Liverpool’s Salah

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, Salah will be fully focussed on trying to help guide the Reds to Premier League glory.

Liverpool are one point behind leaders Man City in the race for the Premier League title, and head to the Etihad Stadium for a crucial clash against Pep Guardiola’s men on April 10.

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