According to Daily Mirror’s report, Barcelona is willing for a swap deal with Atletico Madrid. The Catalans are looking for a right-winger exchange as they target Atletico’s youngster Joao Felix.
Barcelona has named Antoine Griezmann for the swap deal. The former Atletico Madrid star signed for Barcelona in a deal worth €120 million when signed in 2019.
The Frenchman was a match-winner for Atletico when he joined the club in 2014 from Real Sociedad. He also went to put an impressive performance for France in 2018 when they went to won the World Cup.
However, Griezmann has failed to live up to expectations at Barcelona. He has appeared 98 times while scoring 34 goals and 16 assists in all competitions for them.
The 30-year-old has scored only 12 La Liga goals this season three more than he managed last year. But he failed to take his team through the Champions League round of 16 and now they are out from the La Liga title race.
The Frenchman has his contract until 2024, but he could be leaving this summer following his poor performance. He is also included in the 14 players list that Barcelona have put up for transfer this summer
Barcelona wants Joao Felix to replace Griezmann
Joao Felix is promising youngster who has been in limelight since he joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica in 2019 for a huge sum of €127.2 million.
Felix joined Atletico Madrid to fill up the right-wing position after Griezmann left in 2019. He has held the position strongly making 75 appearances and scoring 19 goals in all competitions.
But he has failed to impress Diego Simeone this season with his performance as he has only 10 goals in 39 appearances. Despite his poor form Simeone believes, he has a lot to offer in the coming seasons.
The Portuguese youngster has still five years left in his contract for Atletico Madrid. The club president has strongly stated that the player is not up for sale while discussing the swap deal rumors.
But the Catalans still believe in going ahead with the deal as they hope to replace Griezmann with the youngster. Landing Felix will get him to play along with Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati in the front three for Barcelona the next seasons.
Barcelona has to strictly stick to the idea of a swap deal as they have to currently prioritize signing a natural number 9 for the next season, as they have only Martin Braithwaite for that position after letting Luis Suarez leave earlier this season.
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