According to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, Antoine Griezmann IS FOR SALE.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has stated that the club is ‘open to all proposals’ for Antoine Griezmann in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Catalan giants are mired in a financial crisis and are scrambling to offload players in order to register new recruits and re-sign Lionel Messi to a new contract.
Griezmann will be one of the key players they aim to unload this summer, given the Frenchman’s weekly salary of £300,000 at the Nou Camp. And, while Laporta maintains Griezmann is ‘liked’ at the club, he concedes that offloading him in order to decrease the club’s monstrous pay cost is a priority for the coming months.
‘Griezmann is a marketable player with clubs interested, and we are expanding the squad in order to achieve financial stability,’ Laporta told Mundo Deportivo.’With Antoine, we have no issues; we adore him.
However, if the market changes, we are open to all offers since we are at a delicate period when we must balance financial fair play and, as a result, we should engage with all parties to ensure that they are not harmed, or are harmed for the shortest amount of time possible.
‘We are striking these balances and are open to anything the market has to offer, but we do not want to jeopardize the team’s competitiveness. ‘Griezmann, who represented France at Euro 2020 this summer, has returned to training with Barcelona and has been linked with moves to Juventus and previous club Atletico Madrid.
According to reports in France, Barcelona is interested in swapping Griezmann for Paulo Dybala, who has been linked to a move away from Juventus in recent months.
The 27-year-old, who has just 12 months remaining on his contract, had a mixed season in Serie A last season as the club’s monopoly on the Scudetto was broken, scoring five goals and providing three assists.
According to Spanish news outlet Cuatro, Griezmann is only considering a stunning reunion with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone. Griezmann controversially departed Atletico Madrid for £107 million in 2018, but could return to the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 30-year-old has frequently come under fire throughout his time in Barcelona for failing to replicate his brilliant form from his Atletico Madrid days.
Despite the criticism, he scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, bringing his club total to 35 in two seasons at the Nou Camp. Another transfer involving Griezmann and Saul Niguez was proposed in recent weeks, but negotiations have since stagnated.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo, though, has subsequently refused to rule out a summer move for Griezmann, claiming that ‘everything is possible’.
‘I have no notion; they haven’t informed me, and I have no idea. I have no idea how the negotiations are proceeding, or even if they are proceeding at all, but there is little left for you to predict what will happen.
‘In the world of football, anything is possible, but I have no knowledge and have not inquired about Griezmann’.