BARCELONA are eyeing Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix in a deal which could see Antoine Griezmann go the other way and return to his former club.
Griezmann enjoyed his best goalscoring campaign for Barcelona, but the Catalan giants failed to win LaLiga after surrendering multiple leadsCredit: GETTY IMAGES
Felix, 21, won LaLiga this season despite poor individual seasonCredit: GETTY IMAGES
The Frenchman hasn’t been a standout performer for the Catalan giants since joining from league rivals Atletico for just over £100million back in July 2019.
Griezmann managed to find the back of the net 20 times this season across all competitions.
But Barca’s overall failure of getting knockout of the Champions League, as well as failing to win the LaLiga title overshadows what has been his best goalscoring return in a Barca shirt.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo told Spanish radio station El Larguero: “I’d love to sign Antoine [Griezmann] but I think Barça are not planning to sell him”.
But according to Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barca’s position is different, and are willing to sell the Frenchman should a sizeable bid come through.
Felix hasn’t had it easy in Madrid either since joining from Benfica back in 2019 for £113million.
Despite Atletico winning LaLiga this season, on an individual level, Felix only managed to score 10 times across all competitions.
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And he only managed to complete 90 minutes eight times this season.
But the 21-year-old has this summer’s Euros to impress in a star-studded Portugal side alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias.
Barca are looking to rebuild, and signing Felix fits within their frameworks of their transfer policy.
But the Portugal international could struggle at Barca similarly to Griezmann due to his favourite position – second striker – being occupied by Lionel Messi.
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