'Extraordinary': Barcelona president Laporta makes claims about Chelsea owner Boehly

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has commented on his meeting and relationship with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly in this summer transfer window.

Barcelona and Chelsea have competed for the transfers of the same few players this summer, such as Raphinha and Jules Kounde.

The Catalan club won the races for the two aforementioned players, although Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis recently claimed that Chelsea beat Barcelona to the Kalidou Koulibaly transfer.

Interestingly, prior to the conclusions of these transfer sagas, Chelsea controlling owner Boehly had a meeting with Laporta in a restaurant in Spain in early July.

Similar to Boehly, Laporta refused to share a lot about their conversation.

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“We had a very nice dinner in Barcelona, and we talked in general about football,” Laporta told CBS Sports about the meeting with Boehly.

“He is a very successful businessman. He is involved in sport with the Lakers and Dodgers and now with Chelsea.

“He looks like a man who knows what he wants to do, and it was a very nice dinner.”

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On whether the transfer sagas have had an impact on the relationship between the two clubs, the Barcelona chief added: “We have a good relationship, and we respect our opponents.”

“Chelsea’s [minority] owner Todd Boehly is an extraordinary person.

“We have had this necessity to be active in the transfer market in order to improve our squad. And it just so happens that some of the players they wanted, we did also.

“Those players wanted to come to Barcelona because they believe in our project, our history, our style of playing, and our coach. Xavi is important.”

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