Espagne // FC Barcelone Espagne // FC Barcelone Accord trouvé entre le Bayern et le Barça pour le transfert de Robert Lewandowski Fini les retards à l’entraînement. It is also added that Barça preferred an exchange involving forward Joao Felix rather than Saul. The worst-kept secret in Spanish football was confirmed on Friday when Barcelona paid Atletico Madrid 120m euros (£107.7m) to sign French World Cup-winning forward Antoine Griezmann. In November last year Barcelona extended their shirt sponsorship deal with Rakuten for the 2021/2022 season. With Suarez and especially Messi offering relatively little going backwards, Barca badly a needed someone who can operate at both ends of the field to stop them from being overwhelmed in the manner of that infamous loss at Anfield. This is all part of an intriguing subplot to Barca’s transfer activities: Messi and Suarez are both 32, so there is an obvious need to freshen up the forward line.
The obvious answer is rotation, but the Nou Camp dressing room is built on a mutually understood hierarchy that places Messi and Suarez as the firmly established alpha males. The new signing’s versatility allows him to play anywhere across the forward line, meaning coach Ernesto Valverde can field him alongside Suarez with Messi tucked in behind, or place Griezmann on the left wing with Suarez central and Messi on the right. On the face of it, Griezmann should find a natural home in Barcelona’s front three alongside established superstars Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. He has won over 18 major honors, including three titles of La Liga, four UEFA Champions League, one Copa del Rey, and four FIFA Club world cup. Si la méforme de « Grizou » est un problème pour les Colchoneros, seulement 4e de Liga, cela va bientôt en être un pour Didier Deschamps. LIGA – Auteur de trois petits buts en Liga, Antoine Griezmann a vécu « une année compliquée », comme il l’a confié au quotidien As après le succès de l’Atlético Madrid face à Elche mercredi qui assure la Ligue des champions aux Colchoneros. The reigning world champions had to come from behind in their last two qualifiers to draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine.
He started the club’s opening two La Liga games this campaign but was dropped to the bench for their recent 2-2 draw against Villarreal, appearing as a second-half substitute. But doing so before those two stars are ready to depart centre stage is a potential powder keg, and ensuring the transition is smooth rather than acrimonious will not be easy. Where will Griezmann fit in? The former Liverpool star was thoroughly disappointing for the majority of last season, operating in the left wing role which will now be occupied by Griezmann and/or Neymar, and he is clearly surplus to requirements if a buyer can be found. It’s no coincidence that this frenzy of activity comes immediately after a rare season of failure for Spanish teams in Europe, and it’s clear that Barca, Real and Atletico are determined to prevent a repeat of the Premier League’s clean sweep of finalists in the Champions League and Europa League.
Varane has chosen not to sign a new contract with Real Madrid, and wants to join Man United. The 30-year-old has yet to play for his new club but has now scored three goals in his last three international appearances. During his five seasons with Atletico under the rigid discipline of Diego Simeone, Griezmann developed an outstanding ability to contribute in defence, regularly dropping deep to support the back line before carrying the ball forward to spark counter-attacks. Although Neymar is reportedly desperate to resume his partnership with Messi and Suarez, that deal is a long way from being finalised. The club from the capital reacted with fury to the move, vehemently arguing they should receive an additional 80m euros because Barca – they allege – reached agreement with Griezmann back in March, when his buy-out clause was still 200m euros. Valverde is a conservative coach who often prefers to play with two forwards rather than three, and it’s almost unthinkable he would ever choose to select a daring front four of Messi, Suarez, Griezmann and Neymar/Dembele. He’ll almost certainly be an upgrade over the host of players who tried to hold down the starting position beside Maguire last season.