Though a deal is but to be finalised, if a number of experiences are to be believed then each Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are attempting to assemble a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.
While it’s clear that the Catalans need to get some wages off of the books, and to that finish it places Griezmann in danger in any occasion, is swapping him for Saul actually what Barca want?
Ostensibly a midfielder, he’s usually crammed in in defence for the Rojiblancos, and it could possibly be argued he hasn’t been near his finest for some whereas now. In both place.
Combative and aggressive, at simply 26 years of age, his potential rent isn’t a punt, however nor does it appear to be a signing that makes a variety of sense – until the membership are taking a look at him as a possible Sergio Busquets substitute.
He can play as a defensive midfielder however is extra helpful as an attacking midfielder on the left facet.
Does Ronald Koeman subsequently tweak his rotation choices to present Saul sufficient sport time to make a change worthwhile for the blaugranes?
Griezmann, for the entire noise as to how he’s by no means been a Barcelona kind participant, has shone brightly in additional video games than he’s been given credit score for and his work ethic has by no means been in query.
He might’ve executed with scoring a couple of extra objectives, sure, however he was by no means introduced in to be a real quantity 9.
Within the pursuits of not desirous to make a direct rival stronger – simply 12 months after Luis Suarez was allowed to tread the identical path – do Barca actually need to tempt destiny by handing Griezmann over on a plate for Atleti?
Diego Simeone will arguably get extra out of him than Ronald Koeman or Quique Setien ever managed to.
Maybe what’s happening behind the scenes from a monetary standpoint is what’s driving this. Definitely from Barca’s perspective in any occasion.
Possibly the race storm that lately reared its ugly head even has one thing to do with it.
Regardless of the fact, Joan Laporta has are available and is making good on his guarantees at the very least.
Determined instances name for determined measures, and if his overriding want is to go away the membership in a greater place than when he discovered it, as appears the case, then his judgment at this stage is the one one that basically issues.
In Laporta, Barca belief.