A player reportedly sought after by Arsenal is being shown the door by his parent club with a view to a summer move, according to Guillem Balague.
Spanish outlet Sport has previously claimed that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are one of the clubs who have been alerted by Barcelona’s willingness to part ways with Antoine Griezmann.
The France forward joined the Blaugrana last summer for a €120million (around £108million) fee, penning a five-year contract.
Despite Griezmann’s Barca arrival to much fanfare, the club statement describing him as “one of the best players in the world”, things haven’t quite gone to plan thus far.
According to The Mirror, the feeling within the Barca squad was that they didn’t need a player like Griezmann in the first place.
Balague, speaking on Sport’s YouTube channel, has elaborated on the speculation surrounding the World Cup winner.
“They’re showing him the door for him to go and move on,” said Balague. “Every possibility is available, as well. What that means generally is that the club is saying ‘he’s for sale’.
“Then we will have to see what happens, I think what’s quite clear is that the market has been transformed. There won’t be much money being spent in the next market.
“So, will Barcelona really want to lose on a player that they still haven’t got enough back from? Not in terms of performances or money, either, but the door is open.”
Griezmann is an incredibly talented player whose credentials and CV speak for themselves, but his first season at Barcelona, while not bad by any means, suggests he may not quite be a right fit for them.
He has toiled at times, shunted into a supporting role after years as Atleti’s main man, and has scored just eight times in 26 La Liga games – although 14 goals in all competitions perhaps paints a better picture of his overall efforts.
Balague’s comments will increase speculation further on Griezmann’s future, and should Arsenal succeed in signing a player who Arsene Wenger previously suggested was on track to become like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (Konbini), it would be a coup.