15 Jul Barcelona in talks with Atletico Madrid over Antoine Griezmann, Saul Niguez swap
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have opened talks over a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez, a number of sources have confirmed to Football4cast.
Griezmann, 30, left Atletico for Barca in 2019 for a charge of €120 million, however the Catalan membership are open to letting him go away this summer time.
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Sources near Griezmann, who’s beforehand insisted he wish to see out his contract at Camp Nou till 2024, say he would even be prepared to return to Atletico if Barca now not need him.
Barca have reached an settlement in precept for Lionel Messi to increase his contract with the membership, however nonetheless must make cutbacks to have the ability to register the ahead’s new take care of La Liga.
After Messi, Griezmann was the largest earner on the membership final summer time and his departure would create probably the most room on the wage invoice.
Shedding Griezmann’s wage and changing it with Saul’s would assist Barca cut back their outgoings.
Nonetheless, talks are ongoing as Barca worth Griezmann increased than Saul. Due to this fact, they want that to be mirrored within the deal, be that when it comes to Atletico paying an extra charge or together with extra gamers.
In addition to offering a monetary repair, following the signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay on free transfers this summer time, Barca are well-stacked in assault. Additionally they have Ansu Fati to come back again from harm.
Saul, in the meantime, is a long-time Barca goal who has fallen out of favour below Diego Simeone over the past 12 months.
Having been an ever-present in earlier seasons, the 26-year-old began simply 22 league video games as Atletico gained the La Liga title and accomplished 90 minutes on simply 11 events.
Barca have beforehand proven an curiosity in signing the midfielder and secured a primary choice on him, which has now expired, when David Villa moved to Atletico in 2013.
Ronald Koeman, the coach of the Catalan membership, stays eager on bolstering his midfield earlier than the brand new season having beforehand missed out on Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain.