“We have a good relationship, and we respect our opponents,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta told CBS Sports about his dealings with Chelsea.
“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.
“We had a very nice dinner in Barcelona, and we talked in general about football,” Laporta added.
“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.”
The two clubs’ paths have crossed several times this summer, with Barcelona ending up signing two Chelsea targets Raphinha and Jules Kounde, as well as agreeing to a new deal with Ousmane Dembele who might’ve joined the Blues as a free agent otherwise.
Barcelona still want to sign Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, while Chelsea are linked with Frenkie de Jong, so it’s not the last time these two clubs will affect each other’s transfer campaigns.