ATLETICO MADRID have instantly rejected Barcelona’s offer to swap Nou Camp flop Antoine Griezmann for Joao Felix.
Antoine Griezmann has never consistently reproduced his Atletico form for Barcelona since making the switch in 2019Credit: EPA
Atletico Madrid remain convinced Joao Felix will prove his worth following his arrival from Benfica two years agoCredit: AFP
Nou Camp president Joan Laporte claimed on Tuesday Barcelona are increasingly confident of keeping free agent Messi.
But Ronald Koeman’s men are also battling to balance their finances following the coronavirus pandemic.
And Barca have placed Griezmann high up the list of players who are underperforming compared to their wages.
But the 95-cap star’s high salary could make it tough to move the 30-year-old on.
Marca claim Barcelona were keen to put together a part-exchange package with Atletico.
But Barca’s opening gambit of Felix moving in the opposite direction was reportedly swatted away.
Liverpool target Saul, 26, is said to be keen on a new challenge.
And Atletico have just paid Udinese £30million for a similar player in Argentina’s Rodrigo De Paul.
But Barca would face a tough battle at this stage to swoop for Saul.
Meanwhile, Dembele’s knee injury last month has complicated his future.
The Ligue 1 club are looking for a huge sponsor to assist bidding for Coutinho.
The Brazil playmaker earns around £240,000 a week, with his Barca deal running until 2023.
It’s understood Coutinho would welcome a return to Liverpool but Kop boss Jurgen Klopp has shown little interest.
So if the 29-year-old does make a Premier League comeback, Leicester remain his most likely destination.
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