Antoine Griezmann IS for sale and Barcelona ‘open to all offers’, says club president Joan Laporta, who wants to find ‘financial balance’ at the cramped club… leaving this summer
- Barcelona chief Joan Laporta says Antoine Griezmann is for sale this summer
- Laporta revealed the club would be ‘open to all offers’ for the French attacker
- Barca are desperate to cut their massive wage bill to re-sign Messi
- Griezmann has been linked with Juventus but he will only leave to rejoin Atletico . to come
- A barter deal with Saul has been discussed, but the talks have failed lately
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made it clear that the club is “open to all offers” for Antoine Griezmann this summer.
The Catalan giants are in the throes of a financial crisis and are struggling to clear a number of players from the books to ensure they can register signings and re-sign Lionel Messi to a new contract.
Griezmann will be one of the key players they want to sack this summer, considering how the Frenchman makes £300,000 a week at Nou Camp.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta (right) says Antoine Griezmann (left) is for sale this summer
And while Laporta insists Griezmann is “loved” at the club, he admits it will be a priority in the coming months to keep him going to cut their massive wage bill.
“Griezmann is a player with a market, with interested clubs, and we are building the squad that is looking for a financial balance,” Laporta said, as quoted by Sports world.
‘We have no problem with Antoine, we love him. But when the market moves we are open to all offers because we are at a delicate moment where we need to balance financial fair play and therefore we need to talk to all players so it doesn’t hurt them, or (if it does ) for the shortest possible time.
“We are making these trade-offs and are open to all options the market can throw at us, but we don’t want to hurt the team competitively.”
Laporta says Barca are ‘open to all offers’ as they want to cut their massive wage bill
Griezmann, who played for France at Euro 2020 this summer, is now back in training with Barca and has since been linked with moves to Juventus and former club Atletico Madrid.
Reports in France have suggested that Barcelona hope to trade Griezmann for Paulo Dybala, who has been linked from Turin in recent months.
The 27-year-old – who has just 12 months left – had a mixed season in Serie A last season as the club gave up their stranglehold on the Scudetto, scoring five goals and providing three assists.
However, Spanish news channel Cuatro has claimed that Griezmann is only considering a sensational reunion with Diego Simeone at Atletico.
Reports in Spain suggest Griezmann will only return to Atlético Madrid if he were to leave
A swap deal with Saul Niguez has been discussed, but talks have stalled recently
Griezmann controversially left Atletico in 2018 for £107 million, but would be welcome back at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 30-year-old has often been criticized during his stint in Barcelona for failing to replicate his sparkling form from his Atletico days.
However, despite media attention, he still scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, taking his club tally to 35 goals in two campaigns at the Nou Camp.
Another barter deal with Griezmann and Saul Niguez has been put forward in recent weeks, but talks have stalled somewhat since then.
Griezmann has often been criticized for his performance since his £107m move in 2019
However, Atletico chairman Enrique Cerezo has since refused to rule out a deal for Griezmann this summer, insisting that “anything is possible”.
“I have no idea, they haven’t told me anything, I don’t know anything. I don’t know how the negotiations are going, even if they are, but there’s little left for you to know what’s going to happen.
“In the football world, anything is possible, but in Griezmann’s case, I have no idea and have not asked.”