Lately, Antoine Griezmann was rather on a positive series. Admittedly, FC Barcelona ended the season in La Liga particularly badly, but before these last failed weeks of competition, the Frenchman was among the main architects of the good second half of the season for the Blaugranas. We felt he was much freer on the field, with better understanding with his partners, and he posted a good statistical line: 12 achievements and 7 assists in 35 league games.
Often taken in flu by the supporters and by the local press, the former Atlético is rather spared by the critics at the moment, the latter turning especially to players like Gerard Piqué or Sergi Roberto. That doesn’t mean he’s in his best form, but he has at least managed to put people in the pocket in Catalonia. And its convincing performances delight more than one, especially in the Camp Nou offices.
Save club finances
As indicated Marca, the leaders therefore wish to sell it this summer. Not because of his level on the pitch, but because he is one of the club’s main assets, and his sale would lighten the club’s finances a bit. From the check that would be recovered for this player who remains rather bankable, but also thanks to the savings made on his substantial and evolving salary. The Frenchman thus signed to 18 million euros per season, and will increase to 21 million next season, for 23 and 25 million euros during the last two seasons of his contract.
A sale which therefore responds to a financial and non-sporting logic, to such an extent that Marca specifies that it is the survival of the club in question. It would also make it possible to strengthen the transfer window. He will not be the only one to be pushed out the door, since the media specifies that other players like Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Matheus Fernandes or Braithwaite – for sporting reasons also in their case – will also be put on sale. It remains to be seen who will be interested, and the Spanish sports daily specifies that in the event of Messi’s departure, the situation could change for Grizi…