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Three questions from Barcelona’s signing of Antoine Griezmann

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The Frenchman’s arrival will spark changes at the Camp Nou

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Barcelona ended a long and frustrating pursuit of Antoine Griezmann on Friday, handing over €120 million in exchange for the French forward’s services.

The World Cup winner will join an already star-studded attack at the Camp Nou, but his arrival for such a big fee does raise plenty of questions.

Where’s he going to play?

There has already been plenty of talk about how exactly Griezmann will fit in at Barcelona and with good reason because it is not immediately obvious where he will play.

Manager Ernesto Valverde already has Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Malcom to choose from and now he has Griezmann too.

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Griezmann has not arrived to sit on the bench that’s for sure, and the most likely option is for him to start on the left of a front three with Messi and Suarez.

Quite what that means for Dembele and Coutinho remains to be seen, although it’s worth remembering that Griezmann is a versatile player who can play in a variety of positions.

Valverde’s task will be to find out the best blend for his attacking players next season and also give them all enough playing time to keep everybody happy.

Who will wear the No. 7 next season?

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Griezmann has openly admitted he loves wearing the No. 7 shirt. He wore the number at Atletico Madrid and at Real Sociedad as well as on international duty for France.

The 28-year-old has even explained why he’s so fond of the No. 7:

The only problem is that Barcelona’s No. 7 shirt is currently owned by a certain Philippe Coutinho, who swapped from his original No. 14 at the start of last season.

Of course Coutinho’s future at Barcelona is by no means certain. The Brazilian has openly admitted he had a tough season last time out and does not know if he will stay.

There’s also the suggestion that Barcelona may need to sell one of their big stars this summer to balance the books, and Coutinho is one of the most likely departures at present.

Is there room for Neymar too?

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Of course Griezmann is not the only attacker Barcelona have reportedly been interested in this summer, as rumors of a return for Neymar simply refuse to go away.

It remains to be seen what impact the arrival of Griezmann will have on any potential deal, but it does mean the club have less funds available and even less room in a crowded squad.

Rumors have claimed that Neymar is determined to leave PSG this summer and return to Barca, and sporting director Leonardo has admitted he can go if a decent offer arrives.

If Neymar does join Griezmann at Barcelona then it seems certain the club will have to trim their squad to make it all work.

Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic and even Ousmane Dembele have all been mentioned as transfer targets for PSG in the past and could be included in any potential deal.

However, swap deals are notoriously difficult to achieve as it is tough for all sides to get exactly what they want out of the transfer.

It’s also worth noting that both Umtiti and Rakitic have both insisted publicly they want to stay, while president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said more than once he believes Dembele is “better than Neymar.”

Coutinho may also take some shifting this summer. His agent, Kia Joorabchian, has insisted the club have “no intention” of selling the Brazilian and that the recent transfer rumors are “simply not true.”