Barcelona is knee-deep in what can only be described as a summer of chaos at current, with the Catalan giants facing difficult decisions as they tackle some hard questions on and off the pitch.
The club faces major financial constraints and the need to shift a large number of players off their books if they are to continue to retool under Dutch headmaster Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona continue to keep Antoine Griezmann in the shop window
Despite his status as one of the most recognized faces in European football, Antoine Griezmann is hardly viewed as a necessary part of Barcelona’s future amid the club’s need to fix its financial situation in rapid order.
Antoine Griezmann has now been offered to four clubs, including Tottenham and Manchester City, but the player is only considering Atlético Madrid – should he leave Barcelona at all, according to L’Équipe. https://t.co/kSWS9b0dFc
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 22, 2021
As reported by Sports Illustrated, the French international and former Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad standout has been offered by the Catalan giants to a handful of big clubs across Europe, including Premier League outfits Manchester City and Tottenham.
However, according to Get French Football, Griezmann will only consider a return to La Liga rivals Atléti if he does end up heading for the exit door at the Camp Nou. It remains unclear if Barca will be able to shift the player, given his wages and desire not to leave Spain, which could prove a major stumbling block in their summer plans.
Nine players up for sale as financial needs grow
Sky Sports are reporting that Barcelona has put up to nine players up for sale this summer, as their efforts to get a handle on the club’s financial situation ramp up.
Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are on a list of at least nine players Barcelona would be willing to part with this summer.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 22, 2021
Apart from the continued speculation surrounding the future of Antoine Griezmann, the Catalan club has now also made the decision to put the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé, and Martin Braithwaite all on the chopping block this summer.
Others have joined them, too, including Clement Lenglet, Neto, Emerson, and Moussa Wague.
The club has also entered into discussions to try to convince Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Sergi Roberto to take pay cuts on their wage packets, while the club has not ruled out the sale of one of those assets, either.
Donny Van de Beek not open to Barcelona switch
It has hardly been a period to remember for Donny van de Beek at Old Trafford. The once highly touted Dutch international midfielder and Ajax academy graduate has had a torrid time trying to establish himself at Manchester United, and speculation continues to swirl regarding his future in the Premier League.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 22, 2021
Despite a rumoured offer of a switch to Barcelona, van de Beek has shrugged off the opportunity to leave United, and instead intends to continue to fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s midfield.
But there are some, including former United keeper and Dutch icon Edwin van der Sar, who feel that van de Beek would be better off moving on for the sake of the trajectory of his career.
“He fitted perfectly into the Ajax system, but he doesn’t fit at United. If you have the opportunity to go to a team that suits you better and it’s an attractive team, I would definitely go for that. If nobody leaves United, he will have to be lucky to get into the starting eleven. He is far too good to sit on the bench for two seasons. He needs minutes very quickly. He’s still young, but time flies. A club like Borussia Dortmund would have been a better step for him. Manchester United is perhaps a step too high for him.”
Further interest in the Dutch midfielder is rumored to be hotting up, too, amid claims of a potential swoop from Italian giants Juventus.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.