Worry for Lionel Messi As Barcelona Willing to Listen to Offers for Strike Partner This Summer

Worry for Lionel Messi As Barcelona Willing to Listen to Offers for Strike Partner This Summer

- Barcelona might be considering selling Antoine Griezmann this summer

- The Frenchman has a deal with the Catalans until 2024 after joining them from Atletico Madrid

- Barca would be hoping to allow the forward to leave might reduce their financial burden especially in the current COVID-19 crisis

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Antoine Griezmann could be on his way out of Camp Nou this summer if Barcelona receive the right offers for the Frenchman.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner joined the Catalans two seasons ago in a deal valued at around £100 million from Atletico Madrid but has not been live up to his billings at his present club.

He has Having scored 19 goals and 12 assists after 49 appearances in all competitions, the 30-year-old is Blaugrana's second-highest goals scorer so far this campaign after Lionel Messi.

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However, with the La Liga outfit considered to be owing as much as about £1 billion as of February this year, reducing their wage bill could help reduce the burden.

Worry for Lionel Messi as Barcelona willing to listen to offers for strike partner this summer
Antoine Griezmann exchanging greetings with Ronald Koeman. Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates
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This also means that major transfer targets could not join them at the start of the season as reported by Daily Mail.

The publication further revealed that four audit reports are expected to know the extent of Barcelona's financial woes, and this could impact their player recruitment plans for the coming year.

Meanwhile, they are yet to reach a reasonable conclusion over Lionel Messi's future with his current deal expiring this season.

Ousmane Dembele is another key player Barca are hoping to tie down beyond the summer of 2022 when his deal expires. The Frenchman has become a key player in the Catalans' set-up this season with 11 goals in all competitions.

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A high-profile sale for a player like Griezmann could therefore be used to alleviate Barcelona's money woes as they look to continue their rebuild under Ronald Koeman.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann took to social media to announce the arrival of his third child named Alba Griezmann.

The newborn came on Thursday, April 8 - the same day his wife Erika Choperena gave birth to their first two kids, Mia, and Amaro Griezmann.

His first daughter was born on April 8, 2016, while her younger brother, Amaro, arrived on the same day in 2019.

Source: Legit

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