Barcelona president Joan Laporta admits that the La Liga giants are open to offers for Antoine Griezmann amid reports linking the World Cup winner with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to ESPN.
A forward who got used to life as the leading man at Atletico Madrid struggling has supporting role behind Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.
And it seems that things could get even harder for Griezmann should he stay for a third season at one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Barcelona have signed Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero on free transfers this summer.
So if the France international was hoping for a more central role – both literally and metaphorically – under Ronald Koeman next season, it seems he will be disappointed.
A debt-ridden Barca side are hoping to encourage bids for Griezmann before the end of the summer, with a man who set them back a staggering £103 million as recently as 2019 on the market for a substantially reduced fee.
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According to 90Min, Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all aware of Griezmann’s availability.
L’Equipe claim that Tottenham have also been offered the chance to sign the decorated 30-year-old amid ongoing concerns regarding Harry Kane’s future in North London.
And while Laporta suggests that Griezmann does still have a role to play in Catalonia, offers will clearly be considered should they arrive over the next month or so.
“There have been some movements on the market and we can’t deny that there’s been interest in him. That’s a sign of his quality,” says Laporta.
“It’s a special market and you have to use your imagination, perhaps thinking in swap deals, but we value Antoine a lot. The club made a big investment in him and we are happy with him.
“It’s not easy for a club to come in with an offer for a player at his level. But the transfer window is just getting started and there’s a market for Griezmann.
“If things start moving, we’re open to all proposals because we’re in a delicate moment financially and we have to balance the books for to comply with the league’s financial fair play rules.”
Barcelona are desperate to reduce a crippling wage bill, with Griezmann understood to be taking home a staggering £400,000-a-week (Marca).