Speculation stemming from Spain today suggests that Barcelona are ready to move Antoine Griezmann on this summer, for a fee in the region of €100 million.
Griezmann joins Barca
12 months on from the Frenchman turning down a Camp Nou switch in favour of remaining with Atletico Madrid, speculation linking Griezmann with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona reemerged in force last summer.
This came on the back of the 29-year-old confirming his intention to finally depart the Wanda Metropolitano back in May:
‘It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you very much for everything. I will take you in my heart.’
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019
And, despite hugely-conflicting subsequent rumours regarding the extent of the Blaugrana’s interest, it was nevertheless widely-assumed that Barca would eventually clinch a deal for Griezmann.
As such, the attacker’s move to the Camp Nou finally being made official back in July came as little surprise.
In an announcement across the club’s social media platforms, Barcelona confirmed Griezmann’s signing on a 5-year deal:
You were waiting for this. pic.twitter.com/vVR0Prmy0b
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2019
Barca ready to sell?
Griezmann has since, meanwhile, gone on to enjoy a solid if unspectacular start to life in the colours of the Blaugrana.
The World Cup winner has found the back of the net 14 times in 36 appearances across all competitions thus far.
And while Griezmann has showcased flashes of his unquestionable brilliance, the Frenchman still appears to be finding his place in the ever-changing frontline of the Catalan giants.
Injuries to the likes of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, along with a change of manager at the Camp Nou, have seen Griezmann too often shifted around, with the 29-year-old having generally been forced into an unfamiliar position on the left flank.
As per the aforementioned updates stemming from Spain today, though, the difficult circumstances surrounding Griezmann’s Barcelona stint to this point may not be enough to ensure his place at the club for next season.
According to Sport, the Frenchman has not done enough to prove himself to those in a position of power in Catalunya, who are ready to place him on the transfer market this summer.
Barca will seek out a fee of around €100 million for his signature, 20 million less than what they paid Atletico last year.
Potential landing spots for Griezmann, meanwhile, are named as Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG and, somewhat surprisingly, Arsenal.