Atlético de Madrid
is still in the market looking for the ‘9’ that completes the squad for the upcoming season, with the exception of specific operations that may end up (exit of Grbic and arrival of a goalkeeper if possible, arrival of a side if the departure of Trippier…).
The ‘9’ is now officially the great headache of the sports management. The options on the table go through a plan A, which stars Antoine Griezmann. And for a plan B starring other options such as those of Rafa Mir, Máxi Gómez, etc.
Two very different profiles. A first-rate striker as the maximum mattress bet, via barter with the FC Barcelona with Saul in the middle; that would give an obvious sporting leap to the template of the now champion. And on the other hand, a forward more complement to Lewis
Suarez, a bet on a young player, a less important operation.
At the moment, the Athletic He does not consider the matter of the return of the Frenchman completely dead, even though the culé team has closed this door for the time being. In the rojiblanco club they understand that in the end, the most ‘logical’ option for all parties may be the one raised from the Metropolitan.
It is clear that the FC Barcelona, which paid 135 million euros for him to Athletic (120 plus 15 later in an agreement between clubs), you would like to recoup part of your investment. But it is also true that the current market does not seem conducive to it. A 30-year-old player like the Frenchman, with a market, yes, but far from the money that was paid for him …
And then from France a key point in this matter is pointed out that can mark the destination of the operation. The French media affirm that the Macon he only wishes, for the moment, to return to Athletic. Some days ago, ‘L’Equipe‘, citing sources from the player’s environment, they pointed out that only he will mark where he goes if as the
Barça wants to get rid of it.
THE PLAYER’S POSITION, KEY
“Antoine is not willing to accept any exit conditions, simply because the Barça is in a complicated situation, “said the medium in words supposedly from voices close to the player. A sentence that would mean that the player would decide where to go, that if he stayed, the salary would not be lowered as it is being requested. A key question for him Barça if you want to register players like Depay, Omen and company but especially if you want Messi can play this coming course in the Catalan club. Without the departure of Griezmann, it seems difficult to fit Leo’s return from an economic point of view.
The French media point out that the ex-rojiblanco has overthrown other proposals, such as that of the Tottenham wave Juventus. The newspaper ‘Le Figaro‘insists on his edition this Sunday, that the player will choose and that for the moment he chooses the Athletic. “Expelled by the Barça, Griezmann Can you imagine … only in the Atlético de Madrid”, Headlines the French newspaper. Maybe that will change, but for now, in the Metropolitan they are optimistic because the player has the decision in his hand.