BARCELONA didn’t inform star Antoine Griezmann that they had been negotiating a possible swap deal for Saul Niguez, which might see the Frenchman return to Atletico Madrid.
The Catalan giants have to trim down their wage invoice so as to register their new signings AND preserve Lionel Messi.
Griezmann was concerned in 20 objectives in 36 league appearances final season[/caption]
Saul helped Atletico win LaLiga final season[/caption]
And Griezmann might be one in all Barca‘s stars sacrificed, knocking his reported £345,000-a-week wage off the books.
Messi got here near leaving the Nou Camp this summer time, however has just lately agreed to take a whopping 50 per cent wage lower to remain on the membership.
As information broke of Messi’s new five-year deal, information surfaced of swap-deal negotiations which might see Saul transfer to Barca and Griezmann again to Atletico.
And a deal appeared more likely to be wrapped up slightly rapidly.
Nonetheless, in keeping with RMC journalist Loic Tanzi, Griezmann wasn’t knowledgeable of those negotiations – additional complicating the deal.
Tanzi mentioned on Twitter: “The state of affairs is now slightly extra difficult.
“The negotiations between the 2 golf equipment happened with out Griezmann understanding.
“And the wage distinction is important. Negotiations are persevering with however Barcelona should discover a resolution.”
Saul isn’t finest happy with Atletico and feels as if he’s being pushed out of the membership the place he has spent all of his profession.
The fan favorite made his debut in 2012 and went on to make 337 appearances for the facet successful the league title, Copa del Rey and Europa League twice.
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Supporters are additionally determined to see Saul keep on the membership, chanting ‘Saul, keep’ as he stepped off the workforce bus throughout their pre-season preparations.
As he went over to supply his signature to ready followers, followers pleaded for him to stick with one man saying ‘that is your property, keep.’
And in keeping with El Desmarque, the participant responded: “They’re kicking me out of right here, man.”