• August 1, 2021

Exclusive: Man City and Tottenham offered chance to sign Antoine Griezmann as Barcelona’s financial troubles continue, but France star is only considering Atletico Madrid return

 Exclusive: Man City and Tottenham offered chance to sign Antoine Griezmann as Barcelona’s financial troubles continue, but France star is only considering Atletico Madrid return


Barcelona have contacted Man City and Tottenham over their intention to sell Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

The Spanish giants are in serious financial financial trouble with £1billion worth of debt.

Griezmann could be one of many big-names to leave Barcelona in the forthcoming weeks

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Griezmann could be one of many big-names to leave Barcelona in the forthcoming weeks

And French outlet L’Equipe say Barcelona see Griezmann, who joined the club for £107million from Atletico Madrid in 2019, as their most sellable asset.

But the report adds the 30-year-old would only consider a return to Atletico and not a move to the Premier League.

A member from Griezmann’s camp told L’Equipe: “Antoine is not ready to accept any conditions to leave, simply because Barcelona find themselves in a complicated situation [financially].”

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has signed Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero on free transfers, which could push Griezmann closer to the Camp Nou exit door.

The arrivals of Aguero (pictured) and Depay could push Griezmann closer to the exit door

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The arrivals of Aguero (pictured) and Depay could push Griezmann closer to the exit door

The France forward scored 13 goals and registered seven assists in LaLiga as Barcelona ended a disappointing 2020/21 campaign in third place.

It is understood Barcelona are keen to get Griezmann’s wages off their books with Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti also up for sale.

Griezmann has three years left on his contract, which earns him almost £300,000-a-week.

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Barcelona have been looking to free up their wage bill as they are reportedly close to announcing a new five-year deal for Lionel Messi, who is currently a free agent.

Messi is believed to have taken a significant wage cut as the new contract would see him stay at Barcelona until he is 39 years old.





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