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Griezmann willing to take pay cut to stay at Barcelona - report

The Frenchman would only leave if it’s to return to Atletico

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Antoine Griezmann’s future at Barcelona remains the subject of continued speculation amid rumors the France international could be sold this summer to free up space on the wage bill and allow the club to fund Lionel Messi’s new contract.

The latest update comes from Diario Sport who reiterate that Griezmann is only interested in leaving if it’s to return to Atletico Madrid but is willing to sit down and talk about a pay-cut which could see him stay at the Camp Nou.

The 30-year-old is apparently not interested in a move to the Premier League but would be happy to work again with Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

However, the update also states that Griezmann’s “idea” is to stay at Barcelona and he hasn’t yet been presented with an option to leave. The Frenchman returned to training last week and played in Saturday’s friendly win over Girona.

It’s thought the club will talk to Griezmann about his future and the forward would have no problem in sitting down and talking about reducing his salary in a bid to help the club’s financial crisis.

It seems likely that Barca would also need a host of other players to also cut their salaries to make the numbers add up, meaning some big decisions need to be made and fairly quickly too with the start of the new La Liga season now less than three weeks away.