Sources told ESPN that the two-and-a-half-hour meeting — attended by Raiola, Haaland Sr., Laporta and Barca’s incoming director of football Mateu Alemany — was a first step to explore the viability of a deal, with talks in their very early stages.
A release clause in his contract does not come into effect until 2022, and ESPN has reported that Dortmund would accept €180m this summer.
Sources told ESPN that Laporta believes Haaland would be a strategic signing that would strengthen Barca for a decade or more, as well as avoiding his joining a rival club.
Barca are aware that a move to Madrid would be attractive to Haaland, while City’s economic firepower makes them serious contenders.
Laporta and super-agent Raiola have a long-standing, strong relationship, but these talks are the first official contact over a potential deal for Haaland.
Sources said the role of Barcelona’s technical secretary Ramon Planes — who Raiola knows and trusts — could also be key.
Barca considered a move for Haaland in 2020, before a bid was ruled out by then-sporting director Eric Abidal.
The club are investigating lines of credit that would make a deal possible, just as they did for the signing of Antoine Griezmann in 2019.
Sources told ESPN that Haaland’s profile as a young, up-and-coming talent suits that of Ronald Koeman’s new Barcelona team.
His signing would also be viewed as a major statement and a powerful argument to convince Lionel Messi to renew his contract, which expires this summer.