Antoine Griezmann has made his first service to Barça, perhaps the first of many, but it may also have been the last and the only one. Officially announcing so long in advance that leaves Atlético de Madrid at the end of the season, the French striker has managed to stop the Catalans from tormenting themselves by humiliation in Liverpool and focus on the composition of the team next season. That does not mean that all agree in betting on the still mattress after feeling cheated at the end of last season and ridiculed with the documentary 'The decision', for more absurd produced by Gerard Piqué and Samuel Umtiti being cheated in the previous hours. But the debate of possible reinforcements always helps to hope again. And if the Catalan club is going to sign Griezmann, it would not be surprising that Josep Maria Bartomeu had put a condition: without suspense and giving clues already, that there is no smoke screen that covers the 4-0 of Anfield.
Although all the signs point to a Barça-Griezmann-Atlético agreement, including voices from the rojiblanco club, in the culé entity there are still influential and voting people who do not want to know anything about the French and also distrust their intentions once the Paris Saint Germain has been appearing on the scene to tempt the world champion with France in 2018. Griezmann's damage was so bad that some ill-conceived not only see the repetition of the story, changing the continuity in Atletico a year ago by his march to PSG now, but he does not even rule it out for Real Madrid's compatriot Zinedine Zidane. Of course, the white club has been quick to say privately that this war does not go with them … although he knows if his arrival in Paris could make Neymar move. At that point Barcelona has become suspicious towards Griezmann, who knows how to place himself as a luxury merchandise in the auctions to the highest bidder (for his annual report) and who whistled in the last Barça-Atlético.
Lace between the fans and the eleven
In sport, although it is difficult to find a location in the eleven with Messi and Luis Suarez, Ernesto Valverde was always in love with its characteristics, mainly because it is a crack that sacrifices for the team in the pressure. The problem is to know if the coach will continue on the Barça bench after the Copa del Rey final against Valencia. Neither winning the double would have the place insured. Messi and Suárez also understood and supported their possible arrival a year ago. It is assumed that they are still looking forward to his signing, as his friend Piqué or his compatriots Dembélé, Umtiti, Lenglet and Todibo. But if signing is to play. And that would end up feeling bad for some current theorist.
And economically Barca will not have it easy either. Griezmann's termination clause drops from 200 to 120 million on July 1, the date on which all the signing will be closed. But after the agreement with De Jong and the possible landing of De Ligt, the coffers of the club will be emptier still than now. I would like to take out the calculator, look at how to balance the balance sheets and sell players who leave money, like Rakitic and Coutinho. «I think that the majority of the fans do not want it, and also, because of the prices that are being considered, I think it is exaggerated. I think there are other players with a great projection that could perfectly do the function that Griezmann can do at Barça, "said Joan Laporta to add more pressure.
And personally, everything in the world of football is cured with goals, even a betrayal like that of Griezmann to Barça a year ago. In addition, an old confession when he was still a player of Real Sociedad, «Between Barcelona and Madrid I am more of Madrid», has come back to light. If you play well and score goals in your first matches, forgiveness will be guaranteed. But if you go to PSG, there will be no possible reconciliation anymore.
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