Former Liverpool favourite John Aldridge has told The Irish Independent that he doesn’t think Antoine Griezmann will sign for the Reds this summer.
The Frenchman is set to leave Atletico Madrid and had been loosely linked with a switch to Anfield.
Barcelona and Manchester United are two destinations that look more likely at this stage.
Aldridge believes that the player’s wage demands would prove too much for Liverpool, stating that he just doesn’t see the move happening.
He told the Irish Independent: “With Daniel Sturridge leaving the club and his huge wages coming off the weekly bill, it opens up the opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to sign an out-and-out goalscorer who could offer something different if one of the front three is out injured.
“Griezmann has been mentioned as a possible target, but he would be a very expensive option as his transfer fee and wages would be extravagant for a player who would expect to start every week.”
It is thought that the 28-year-old will cost £110 million this summer (Daily Star).
The forward has 70 caps for France and in 257 appearances for Los Rojiblancos, he netted 133 goals.
Aldridge is right when he says that Griezmann would be an extremely expensive option, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be a good signing.
The Frenchman would be a hit in the Premier League and the fact that Barcelona wants to sign him should be telling.
Griezmann can score and create goals and he would probably work perfectly in Klopp’s system.
It looks as though he won’t be arriving at the club, however, and Liverpool’s loss will be someone else’s gain.
With Sturridge leaving, the Reds do need someone else to come into the squad and it remains to be seen what sort of player that will be.