FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has offered an update on Antoine Griezmann’s uncertain future at Camp Nou.
Joan Laporta has conceded Barcelona would be open to offers for Antoine Griezmann, but he stressed it won’t come at the expense of the squad’s overall quality.
The financial problems at Barcelona mean no offer for Griezmann can be discarded. The club’s chiefs must handle a €1.2 billion debt, lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic, and La Liga’s salary cap.
Reports recently linked Griezmann with a return to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal involving Saul Niguez. Talks between the capital-based club and Barcelona, however, have allegedly broken down. The Frenchman is also linked with Manchester City and Juventus.
“With Antoine, we don’t have any problem. We love him,” said Barcelona president Laporta as per Mundo Deportivo.
“But if the market moves, we are open to all offers because we are in a delicate moment where we have to balance financial fair play and because of that, we should speak with all the players so that it does not hurt them, or [if it does] for the least time possible.
“We are making these balances and are open to all the options that the market can give us, but we don’t want to harm the team competitively.”
Griezmann still has another three years left on his contract at Barcelona following his €120 million arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2019.
The 30-year-old has managed 35 goals and 17 assists in 99 appearances across all competitions at Camp Nou.