Lionel Messi has recently signed a new contract with FC Barcelona. This will allow him to stay at his boyhood club till 2026. There have been talks about FC Barcelona not being able to afford Lionel Messi’s wages but that problem has been solved.
Messi himself has decided to cut down on his fees to sign the contract. According to reports Lionel Messi has agreed to halve his wages in the new deal. Much of this can be credited to the happiness of winning Copa America!
However, this places Antoine Griezmann in a sensitive position. The French international is one of the highest-paid footballers at the Catalan club at the moment. And given the financial condition they are in, are looking to offload Griezmann.
Antoine Griezmann came to FC Barcelona from La Liga’s rival Atletico Madrid in a deal worth $120 million. However, he has not performed at his optimum level so far at Camp Nou and has struggled to find a rhythm.
In 99 appearances for FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann has found the net just 35 times. This is far from the outrageous standards he showed under Diego Simeone and even with the French team. Hence now there are talks about him returning back to the Wanda Metropolitano.
A number of Premier League clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool are monitoring the situation. All three of them are in search of a proven striker and look at Antoine Griezmann as the solution.
Talks between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona escalating for Griezmann and Saul Niguez
Although big clubs like Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Paris Saint Germain remain interested in Griezmann along with the PL teams, Atletico Madrid still remains favorites to get it done.
Much of this can be accredited to the presence of Diego Simeone. Griezmann was in God-level form between 2014-2019 and Simeone believes he can recreate the magic if given the chance to link up with the Frenchman.
FC Barcelona are currently looking at Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez as part of an exchange deal with Atletico Madrid. They are prepared to face a £107 million loss on Antoine Griezmann.
However, what needs to be pointed out is that what will Saul Niguez brings into the play? With players like Frenkie De Jong and Sergio Busquets already in their ranks, Saul Niguez can bring an attacking dimension to the midfield.
Both De Jong and Busquets are anchor-man style players and will dictate the play. However, they won’t be penetrating into the defence like Saul Niguez. Niguez can be used as the link between the midfield and the forward line.
One thing that still remains on FC Barcelona’s mind is that they don’t want to see Griezmann at a La Liga club. They preferably would like to see him out of the country after what happened with Luis Suarez.