Barcelona & Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann
A potentially enormous transfer rumour broke on Saturday night via L’Equipe.
It was announced that Barcelona have made a new approach to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.
The main points revealed by L’Equipe include (a) Barcelona have offered Griezmann a salary of €16m a year net, and (b) Griezmann is being offered a contract until 2024.
Griezmann’s Atletico contract
So how likely is it that Griezmann leaves Atletico to join Barcelona in the summer?
The French international signed a deal with the Rojiblancos last year to keep him at the club until 2023.
That deal came after Griezmann was heavily linked to both Barcelona and Man United last off-season.
While Griezmann was made the best-paid player in Atletico’s history, the sense is that forward could be on his way out of the Wanda Metropolitano.
L’Equipe claim that Griezmann has a 120 million euro release clause in his contract.
Why Griezmann wants out of Atleti
The timing of the Griezmann to Barcelona story is key.
It comes days after Atletico were knocked out of the Champions League at Juventus.
Juve were 2-down after the first leg, however a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick put them through to the final eight.
Does Griezmann believe he has a better chance of success at the Camp Nou? If so, that would be understandable.
Time for change at Barcelona?
Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann also reveals a lot about the Catalans.
This season many have questioned the forwards at the club.
Luis Suarez has struggled for goals this season, while everyone is aware that Leo Messi isn’t getting any younger.
At the same time, Philippe Coutinho has failed to live up to expectations, while Ousmane Dembele has struggled with injuries.
📰 [MD] | Griezmann as an option
🔶The French star has doubts about his future after the elimination from the Champions League.
🔷He regrets for not choosing Barça that day and now has a clause of 120 million. pic.twitter.com/D3mkJYlPHf
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) March 17, 2019