Is the Griezmann-Saul Swap Really Good for Barcelona?

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FC Barcelona are now looking for an exchange deal with Atletico De Madrid between Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez to get Antoine Griezmann’s hefty pre-tax salary of €34 million off their books and in exchange also get a La Liga proven midfielder without the need to pay for any fees while actually getting a transfer fee for their striker.

It is no longer news that Barcelona has a huge debt of around 1 billion euros. They also have to cut their paychecks so they can register their new signings Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay as they had already exceeded the salary cap in La Liga.

Antoine Griezmann in Atletico De Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann was, of course, brilliant for Atlético De Madrid when he was on form, scoring 94 goals and 31 assists during his 4 years at Atlético De Madrid before making the big money transfer of around €120 million to Barcelona during the summer transfer window of the 2019/2020 season. 20. The 34-year-old Luis Suarez is not getting any younger and should be replaced, even though he had a brilliant first campaign at Atlético De Madrid, scoring 21 goals in 30 starts.

Therefore, even after fans’ protests on social media against him, Atlético De Madrid manager Diego Simeone desperately wants him back at the club. For the 2020/21 season, Antoine Griezmann could play alongside Luis Suarez or Joao Felix in Diego Simeone’s favorite 4-4-2 system and could replace Luis Suarez in the long run if he decides to hang his shoes on the hook.

Saul Niguez in Barcelona

Saul niguez
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Saul Niguez, Atletico De Madrid’s favorite midfielder who has been a regular base for them under Diego Simeone for six seasons in a row, has now fallen out of favor with Marcos Llorente taking his place in the squad. That is why he is now open to sale and Barcelona need a midfielder to share minutes with Frenkie De Jong, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Ilaix Moriba and Miralem Pjanic.

Saul will be able to start alongside Frenkie De Jong and Sergio Busquets as Pedri and Ilaix Moriba are only 17 and 18 years old and although they are both fantastic players it would be unwise to put all the pressure on them and Miralem Pjanic is just not playing well enough and seems to be on its way out. His arrival also allows Frenkie De Jong to play his natural deeper role in midfield and in the long run he will be able to replace the 33-year-old Spain international and start for Barcelona in the coming years.

But it’s not all good for Barcelona either as Saul will also demand a high salary and this could also hinder Pedri and Ilaix Moriba’s development if they don’t get enough playing time due to Saul’s arrival. So Barcelona should try to sell Antoine Griezmann first and only go ahead with this trade if they can’t redeem him without any trade.

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