Premier League clubs are on alert to sign France’s World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann, the biggest loser from Lionel Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona.
New Barca boss Ronald Koeman had promised Griezmann the role of Messi if the Argentina legend left Camp Nou but those plans are in tatters after Messi’s announcement on Friday that he will not sue Barcelona on Friday. to force an early exit.
The U-turn has major repercussions for the rest of the squad, with Koeman having to cut his squad to deal with Messi and allow young talents like Ansu Fati, 17, and winger Ousmane Dembele to shine.
Premier League clubs are on alert to sign Antoine Griezmann after Lionel Messi turnaround
Although Barca are ready to sell Philippe Coutinho, Koeman wants to take a look at the Brazilian who won the Champions League on loan with Bayern Munich last season.
That leaves the 29-year-old Griezmann particularly vulnerable, having failed to shine in Catalonia after his £ 107million transfer from Atletico Madrid last summer, scoring just nine La Liga goals.
Griezmann, ubiquitous in France’s triumphant 2018 campaign in Russia, has previously been linked with Liverpool whose pressing style under Jurgen Klopp reflects the success he had at Atletico for Diego Simeone.
Griemzann could end up being the biggest loser in Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona
Griezmann was promised Messi role by Ronald Koeman but those plans have changed
Arsenal and Manchester United have also been admirers, although Barca would have to accept a major loss on their investment for any deal to come to fruition. Manchester City currently only have Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero as a recognized striker, with the Argentinian suffering from injuries last season.
Barca are ready to use the rest of the window until October to restructure their squad with Koeman without seeing their new players participate in friendlies.
Barcelona are ready to bide their time as Koeman discusses the players he has at his disposal
Since the club were humiliated 8-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich, midfielder Ivan Rakitic has left for Sevilla with striker Luis Suarez set to join Juventus.
There is also nothing preventing clubs from making offers of around £ 80million for Messi to test Barca’s resolve – aware they could lose him for nothing in 12 months.
Manchester City are not commenting on their upcoming move and could wait until January, when they are allowed to talk to Messi about signing on a free program.
Manchester United are not in contention after prioritizing winger Jadon Sancho and a center-half in addition to midfielder Donny van de Beek who was signed last week for £ 35million.