Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have opened talks over a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez, a number of sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Griezmann, 30, left Atletico for Barca in 2019 for a charge of €120 million, however the Catalan membership are open to letting him depart this summer time.
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Sources near Griezmann, who’s beforehand insisted he wish to see out his contract at Camp Nou till 2024, say he would even be keen to return to Atletico if Barca not need him.
Barca have reached an settlement in precept for Lionel Messi to increase his contract with the membership, however nonetheless must make cutbacks to have the ability to register the ahead’s new cope with La Liga.
After Messi, Griezmann was the largest earner on the membership final summer time and his departure would create probably the most room on the wage invoice.
Shedding Griezmann’s wage and changing it with Saul’s would assist Barca scale back their outgoings.
Nevertheless, talks are ongoing as Barca worth Griezmann larger than Saul. Due to this fact, they want that to be mirrored within the deal, be that by way of Atletico paying a further charge or together with extra gamers.
In addition to offering a monetary repair, following the signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay on free transfers this summer time, Barca are well-stacked in assault. In addition they have Ansu Fati to return again from damage.
Saul, in the meantime, is a long-time Barca goal who has fallen out of favour below Diego Simeone during the last yr.
Having been an ever-present in earlier seasons, the 26-year-old began simply 22 league video games as Atletico received the La Liga title and accomplished 90 minutes on simply 11 events.
Barca have beforehand proven an curiosity in signing the midfielder and secured a primary choice on him, which has now expired, when David Villa moved to Atletico in 2013.
Ronald Koeman, the coach of the Catalan membership, stays eager on bolstering his midfield earlier than the brand new season having beforehand missed out on Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain.