According to Marca, Barca Club will not sell striker Antoine Griezmann or put him in agreement in exchange for Neymar (PSG) or Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan).
Barca still believes in Griezmann, no exchange for Neymar
Antoine Griezmann arrived in Barca Club last summer for a transfer fee of 120 million euros, but what he showed during his debut season was not up to expectations. By this time, the French striker only scored 14 goals in all competitions, La Liga alone was 8 goals in 26 matches.
The biggest problem for Griezmann is his relationship with the superstar and club captain Lionel Messi. Many times in the 2019/20 season, Griezmann told him not to pass the ball to Messi and that Messi was not happy with the kicking of the 2018 World Cup champion.
Recently, Griezmann has repeatedly reported that he wants to leave and Barca Club also wants to sell him to have more money to buy Neymar or Lautaro Martinez.
But according to information from Marca, Barca Club leadership will not put Griezmann on the transfer list or use him in exchange for Neymar or Lautaro. Barca said that Griezmann‘s ineffectiveness is because he has to adapt to the wider operation than when he was at Atletico. Therefore, they will still fill in the name of former Real Sociedad player in the club’s future development campaign.
Also according to Marca, this season Griezmann created fewer opportunities than when he was playing for Atletico. Specifically, if last season Griezmann averaged 1.64 chances per game, now that index has decreased to only 0.92 chances/game. However, in terms of effectiveness, players born in 1991 do better than before.
The proof is that since playing for Barca Club, up to 46% of Griezmann‘s finishes hit the target, of which 17.8% of the strikes were converted into goals. Previously, the above two parameters only reached 40.37% and 12.34% respectively. Through this, you can see the difference is quite significant.
Barca Club offered Lautaro a double salary of the number currently enjoyed at Inter
According to the Spanish press, Barca Club is ready to give striker Lautaro Martinez twice the salary he receives at Inter Milan in order to persuade him to come to the Nou Camp.
Lautaro Martinez is 22 years old and still tied to Inter Milan until June 2023 with a release clause of up to 111 million euros. This season, Lautaro has scored 16 goals and has 4 assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.
With Lautaro’s impressive form, Inter is trying to convince him to sign a new one. However, Lautaro has no intention of remaining at Giuseppe Meazza. The reason comes from the fact that many leading clubs in Europe are interested in Argentinian stars such as Chelsea, Real Madrid, MU and especially Barca Club.
In the Lautaro retention plan, Inter offered him a salary of up to 4 million euros/year but Barca was willing to pay twice. This is a high level of income at the Nou Camp.
In addition to pursuing Lautaro Martinez, Barca Club also targets Alessio Romagnoli to renew the defense. At this time, Romagnoli’s central defender is still the mainstay of AC Milan’s defense. However, this team is in need of additional funding to buy players, so most likely, they will sell the two brightest stars, Romagnoli and Gianluigi Donnarumma, to gain additional funding.
The price of Romagnoli has now doubled (from 25 million euros to 50 million euros) since he left Rome to AC Milan in 2015. However, if Barca really wants Romagnoli then they need to hurry because Lazio is also interested in the 25-year-old defender.
Currently, Romagnoli is receiving a salary of 3.5 million euros/year in Milan and Barca Club are willing to pay him more than that. The contract between Romagnoli and Milan is only valid until June 2022.
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