Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United suffer blow as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid agree swap deal over Saul, Griezmann

July 15th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in Spain claim Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are on the verge of a swap deal which will see Antoine Griezmann returns to the Wanda Metropolitano and Saul comes to Camp Nou.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all registered their interest, but could be gazumped by Barca’s willingness to let Griezmann go.

The deal seemed highly unlikely only a few weeks ago but it’s now looking like a real possibility according to Marca.

Barcelona need to free up space on their exorbitant wage bill. Griezmann, despite performing well, is a high-value asset, a sacrificial lamb.

Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay are two ready-made replacements.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona and Atletico are now in advanced talks, although the former want money included as well as Saul.

The midfielder played with Griezmann at Atleti, but wants a new challenge.

Marca, however, reports the deal could still fall down over Griezmann’s wage demands, which Atletico may struggle to match.

The Frenchman earns £345,000-a-week star at Barcelona.

They also claim that Barcelona initially wanted Joao Felix, the man that replaced their current No7 in 2019, to be included in the deal.

But Atletico refused, instead opting to offer Saul.

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