The Blaugrana are linked consistently with Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann despite the club slamming the Spanish champions yesterday, while the Catalan manager says they respect their opinion
Barcelona’s rumored relentless pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is getting murkier. The speculations only continue to grow by the day, while an exasperated Rojiblancos CEO Miguel Angel Gil slammed their league rivals earlier this week when he said they were “fed up with Barcelona’s attitude.”
Apparently, reports of Barcelona’s willingness to pay €100 million to active the player’s release clause from Atletico’s contract, vexed the club honcho. In reciprocation, now, the Catalan boss Ernesto Valverde appeared apologetic about it and admits they respect their reaction and their stance.
“I don’t follow this issue, I know there’s noise but that is it,” he said in a post-match conference following his side’s 5-1 victory over Villarreal in the midweek. “The same noise as when news emerges that another team is interested in one of your players. In the end, it’s all speculation. Here we have a lot of respect for our rivals. There are great players in many teams, like ours, and we shall see what happens,” he further went on to add.
Griezmann is widely touted to join the Spanish champions, who’re looking to bolster their squad further. The French forward rejected a proposal from Manchester United last summer, while the player himself appeared uncertain of his future in the Madrid capital recently when questioned by the press.
It was also purported recently that to accommodate him, Barcelona are ready to sell Luis Suarez instead, and the Uruguayan was full welcoming in his words when addressed on the same issue a while earlier.
It was graceful from the Barcelona boss to come out and clear the air. The rumour mill is rife with new reports of the Griezmann-Barcelona transfer saga, and now its getting on the nerves of the clubs too. It wouldn’t be wrong to suggest the biscuit is being taken way too far with this, and one may have to only wait till the end of the World Cup for concrete developments of the issue.