The latest news in the European media is about Antoine Griezmann’s future facing the transfer market this summer. The shining Frenchman at the 2018 World Cup revealed on Tuesday night that he would leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the current competition after five years with the Madrid club.
Griezmann, 28, has been linked to a plan to move to Barcelona since a year ago. At present the speculation has increased since Barcelona’s failure in the Champions League scene. In the semi-final phase the Catalonia club were humiliated by Liverpool.
Supporters in the match also highlighted the performance of a Coutinho who played below the actual level, especially when they lost 0-4 when they played at Anfield. This was later attributed to Griezmann’s move to the Nou Camp and even at the same time replacing Coutinho who will be released by Barcelona in the transfer window this June.
It is known that Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £ 146 million in January 2018, but since then the Brazilian has failed to reclaim the best form for the Catalan club. This has disappointed many Barcelona fans. At present Coutinho still has four years left on his contract, which includes a purchase clause of 400 million Euros.
Is it true that Griezmann will replace Coutinho’s position? The agent of the Brazilian, Andrea Bertoluci, confirmed that Griezmann would not replace Philippe Coutinho in Barcelona. The 26-year-old will not leave the Nou Camp if the Griezmann contract is signed.
To Skysports.com (05/15/19) Bertoluci said: “It’s not true that Griezmann will replace Philippe in Barcelona. I don’t know why they say that. I don’t know about that and that’s why I don’t want to talk anymore, but it’s wrong . ”
Meanwhile Philippe Coutinho after failing to get a place in the Barcelona squad regularly, currently many are targeted by Premier League clubs in the June transfer window.
One of the clubs that are currently eyeing him is Manchester United. It has often been reported about the plan for the departure of Paul Pogba from Old Trafford and this has strengthened United’s interest in Coutinho. Rumors grew about Coutinho-Paul Pogba’s exchange deal. Other clubs interested in Coutinho are Chelsea, assuming they are allowed to make transfers and Paris Saint-Germain.
Both Griezmann and Coutinho have not actually moved from their current clubs before they actually signed a contract with their new club. The development of the movement of players in Europe has increased the intensity of the news.