Barcelona and Atletico Madrid might discover a possible swap deal that may see Antoine Griezmann depart Camp Nou for his former membership and Saul Niguez head in the wrong way.
Barcelona’s troubling monetary scenario stands to make Griezmann a essential sacrifice this summer time. The Frenchman is a excessive earner and the membership must slash their wage invoice to be able to adjust to La Liga’s wage laws and register their new signings.
It has even been suggested that Barça gained’t have the capability to supply Lionel Messi a brand new contract till total wages prices have been dramatically lower. The 34-year-old membership captain is technically already a free agent and gained’t be capable of play till the scenario is resolved.
Mundo Deportivo writes that Barcelona have accepted that bartering will now be the one means they will afford to signal new gamers this summer time. Strengthening in midfield is vital after lacking out on Georginio Wijnaldum, who selected PSG as an alternative, and Griezmann is the obvious participant whose departure could be financially helpful in gentle of Dembele’s long-term injury.
Saul is understood to be interested in shifting on from Atletico and has been for a while. The one factor believed to have stopped a departure from already occurring is the shortage of an acceptable provide to the membership.
Atletico are stated to be open to letting him go and gained’t stand in his means, however a switch must be value their whereas.
So far as the Griezmann facet of the proposal is worried, it’s stated that Atletico coach Diego Simeone could be pleased to have him again and the membership is hopeful he would settle for a decrease wage than he at the moment earns at Camp Nou. The participant and his camp will not be in opposition to it if they’re given phrase from Barcelona that they need him to maneuver on and Simeone extends an invite.
Griezmann not too long ago discovered himself in bother when a leaked video appeared to point out he and Ousmane Dembele being respectful in the direction of Asian lodge workers. Each gamers denied any racist intent behind their behaviour however Barcelona, who’re sponsored by Japanese e-commerce big Rakuten, issued a proper apology. Griezmann has additionally been dropped by Japanese online game agency Konami.