Stunning news from Spain as Koeman will allow Manchester United target Griezmann to depart Barcelona in January
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly ready to let France star Antoine Griezmann leave Camp Nou in January, alerting the likes of Manchester United
Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, having established himself as one of the world’s best forwards while winning the World Cup with France.
After firing at least 20 goals in each of the last six seasons, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) fee required to bring him to the club.
He has largely been played out of position since joining Barca, and because of that fact, he has not looked like the player that dominated over at Madrid for so many years and became one of the very best players in world football.
Now reports from Spain have claimed that Barca are expected to return for Lyon star Memphis Depay in January after their bid to sign him in the summer transfer window collapsed, and they have now decided that they will allow Griezmann to leave the club.
France star Griezmann has not been able to win a place in the Catalan side’s starting XI and the club are open to letting him go, if clubs meet their £100 million valuation in the January window.
former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently claimed Griezmann is unable to shine as he is forced to defer to Lionel Messi.
“Not playing at his position is complicated in the long term,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “At the start, the guy accepts it but, if he does not meet his needs in the long term and he feels that the position does not allow him to express his qualities, he will become discouraged.
“Today, he is a player who must play in the centre because he has a great work rate, a precision in his passes. He can be dangerous with the last pass and by scoring goals, but there is congestion because he is in the range of play of Messi.”
Look, if the reports are true and Barcelona are open to the idea of Griezmann leaving in January, then surely United will not be the only club interested in getting a transfer deal done?