The Blaugrana have been under immense pressure due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the club’s gross debt approaching a staggering € 1.2 billion.
With the club looking to cut their salary budget by offloading a series of star players to tie up Lionel Messi until 2023, the France international has become one of the favorites to leave Camp Nou ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Chelsea was the “most active” in the race to land the 30-year-old, who is currently one of the highest-paid in Catalonia, according to the latest reports from Spain.
According to Simon Bajkowski of Manchester Evening News, City have informed the La Liga side that they have “no interest” in buying the striker this summer.
Several clubs have been said to have expressed interest in securing the services of the World Cup winner, including his former employers Atlético Madrid, with whom he won the La Liga title in 2014.
Moreover, Barcelona are hanging their hats on a loan change for the ex-Real Sociedad star as club officials believe they cannot earn a significant amount from the sale of the forward, who still has three years on his current contract with La Liga. giants.
Barcelona would prefer to sell Griezmann to a club outside Spain, and the club are “fully in favor” of approving a loan if the buying club is prepared to pay his full salary.
Following the recent arrival of Memphis Depay and Sergio Agüero among the La Liga giants, the French international would be open to a departure from Camp Nou, where he would appear more regularly.
However, it was also mentioned that Griezmann prefers a return to Atlético, who have explored the possibility of a swap deal involving Saúl Ñíguez and their former star – a deal that will prove difficult to negotiate for economic reasons. .
After scoring 20 goals and 12 assists in 51 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side in the previous campaign, the striker has indeed proven himself after a frustrating start to life at Barcelona since his move in 2019.
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