According to a recent report by Spanish publication Cadena Ser, Atletico Madrid expect Barcelona to acquire the services of their French striker Antoine Griezmann this summer. The same source has revealed that the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has already reached an agreement with the Catalan giants, but Ernesto Valverde will have to match the player’s £104m release clause to land him at the end of this season.
Griezmann’s Productive Campaign In The La Liga Thus Far
The 28-year-old has enjoyed another productive season at the Wanda Metropolitano after he put in a series of dazzling displays under Diego Simeone’s stewardship during this campaign. However, he is not getting any closer to winning trophies with Atletico Madrid so a change in scenery could be ideal for his career in the long-run.
At 28, Griezmann is currently playing at this peak; hence, he needs to make the most out of his talents by sealing a high-profile move to an elite club in this offseason. Doing so will give him a higher chance of tasting silverware before heading into the twilight years of his playing career.
The former Real Sociedad forward has featured in 47 matches for the La Liga outfit this term, registering 21 goals while creating ten assists across multiple competitions. He is also vastly experienced at the international level having secured 69 appearances for France while scoring 28 goals for his nation thus far.
What Will The French Talent Add To Valverde’s Side?
When firing on all cylinders, Griezmann can be an unstoppable force in the opposition half as he can complete some penetrative dribbles at high speed in the final third. The Frenchman is an unforgiving finisher inside the opposing penalty box and can also help set-up some decent opportunities for his teammates going forward.
Griezmann will be an excellent fit for Barca as he has all the skillset to be a grand success at the Nou Camp. The addition of proven goalscorer like the Atletico ace will undoubtedly boost Valverde’s attacking options at the Catalan club. He will not only be a potent goal-threat alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez but will also offer something different when spearheading Valverde’s attack up front.
Will Griezmann Be A Decent Signing For Barca?
The French sensation has proven his worth in the La Liga over the past few years so he will be a fantastic low-risk acquisition for Barcelona if they can seal the deal ahead of the new season.
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