Barcelona: Pundit backs Antoine Griezmann to leave club
Barcelona have decided not to sell Antoine Griezmann in the January transfer window despite his current struggles, reports say. The France international joined the club from Atletico Madrid back in 2019 but has failed to live up to expectations over at the Nou Camp. However, while he’s set to stay around for now, Ronald Koeman is said to want a ‘purer’ striker.
Barcelona paid £105million to sign Griezmann, believing he’d be able to propel them to Champions League glory.
However, the France international’s time at the Nou Camp hasn’t lived up to expectations so far.
The 29-year-old scored just nine times from 35 La Liga matches last term, toiling as the club struggled under both Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien.
And he’s only found the net three times this season, cutting a subdued figure at the tip of Barcelona’s attack following the summer departure of Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid.
With Griezmann struggling, reports have suggested Barcelona will look to cut their losses on the 2018 World Cup winner.
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But Sport insist that isn’t the case and that, for the time being, they’re unwilling to cut him loose.
PSG have emerged as a potential next destination for Griezmann, especially with Barcelona continuing to be linked with a move for Neymar.
And Manchester United’s name has been brought up in the past, with the club previously targeting the Barcelona striker when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost.
The report adds that Koeman wants to sign a ‘purer’ striker to play alongside Lionel Messi.
So it’s feasible that Griezmann is likelier to be sold at the end of the campaign, rather than at the halfway stage.
Meanwhile, speaking in October, former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu urged the Barcelona star to quit the club for a new challenge elsewhere.
“Griezmann is great. He’s a very, very good player and he’s fantastic for France. But he isn’t at all for Barcelona. This is a real problem,” Lizarazu said.
“He went to Barcelona with a dream of playing with Lionel Messi, but unfortunately there is no technical relationship between the two.
“He cannot find his position, he can no longer player football with Barca. It’s a crisis of confidence.
“At some point it is better to cut off your hand than your arm. Do not hesitate to leave when you cannot find your place.
“It’s been 18 months, not just two… the situation is really critical.”
Griezmann recently claimed he’d ‘had enough’ of his critics at Barcelona.
“Since I have arrived, since my presentation at Barcelona, I have not spoken,” he said.
“As I said that day, I did not want to speak publicly, I only wanted to do my talking on the pitch. Because I am like that, it is what I do best, to be with the ball at my feet.
“But It’s time to make things clear, right? Because I’ve been putting up with different comments and I’ve had enough of it.”
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