Barcelona have reportedly decided to give up on plans to swap Antoine Griezmann for Saul Niguez this summer, according to multiple reports.
Both Ara and Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barca have pulled the plug on the potential transfer after deciding “it’s not a good move.”
The reports state that Barca wanted a bit more than just Saul in return for Griezmann, particularly as the midfielder’s level has dropped. Barca still need to play off €72 million of Griezmann’s signing and basically don’t think it’s a fair swap.
The salaries of both players has also been an obstacle to any deal. Griezmann’s salary is out of Atletico’s reach, while Saul apparently does not want to take a pay-cut in order to join the Catalan giants.
It’s not clear what happens now. Enrique Cerezo spoke about Griezmann earlier in the day and certainly wasn’t ruling out a return but also didn’t appear overly optimistic about a move.
Atléti president Cerezo about Griezmann-Saúl: “In the world of football anything is possible. No one knows what the outcome of these negotiations will be”.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2021
“Griezmann back? If that happens, it will be a pleasant surprise... you will soon know something”, told Deportes Cuatro.
Griezmann is one of Barca’s top earners which means removing him from the wage bill would solve quite a few problems. It’s not clear exactly what will happen now or if he will stay.
The France international is actually due back in training on Tuesday after Euro 2020. Griezmann will be back to rejoin his teammates along with Frenkie de Jong, Clement Lenglet and new arrival Memphis Depay.