When ever there is a Barcelona transfer news, people guess it’s something about Messi’s possible departure. Apart from Messi, Antoine Griezmann is also become a headache for Barca management.
Antoine Griezmann has struggled at Nou Camp ever since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2019 summer transfer window. It cost Barca £105m to sign him with a hope for a better Champions League journey. But he failed to live up the expectations over the Nou Camp.
The French International star Griezmann has scored only 12 goals with 6 assists in all his 50 La Liga appearance for Barcelona so far.
The 2018 world cup winners’ Champions League journey for Barca was not on that mark as well. He only managed to find the net for 4 times in 16 UCL caps for Barca without any assist.
Despite Antoine Griezmann’s current struggle at Nou Camp, Barcelona decided not to sell him in the January transfer window. However, while Griezmann is set to staying around for the time being, running Barca boss Ronald Koeman is said to want a ‘purer’ striker.
With Griezmann struggling, reports have suggested Barcelona will look to cut their losses on him. But Spanish site Sport insist that Barcelona is unwilling to cut him loose in this winter transfer window.
It seems like Barcelona would love to offer PSG a Griezmann-plus-cash deal to bring Neymar back at Nou Camp by the end of this season rather than a halfway stage sell.
Meanwhile, 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.”