Barcelona ‘to open the door to Antoine Griezmann sale this summer amid LaLiga salary limit woes…. with Catalan giants hopeful their current top earner with Lionel Messi yet to re-sign could help them offload £107m’
- Barcelona have exceeded LaLiga’s strict salary limit by a reported 40 per cent
- Antoine Griezmann is the club’s current top earner on £294,000 per week
- And Sport claim the France international could bring in more than £100m
- The Catalan giants have yet to tie star man Lionel Messi down to a new contract
Barcelona are willing to offload forward Antoine Griezmann this summer to help ease the enormous financial issues besetting the club, according to reports in Spain.
Reports on Monday claimed the Catalan giants are unable to register any of their new signings because they have exceeded LaLiga’s strict salary limit by 40 per cent.
That means that until players are moved on, new arrivals such as Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia cannot be officially registered with the league.
Barcelona are reportedly willing to offload Antoine Griezmann to help ease financial woes
Griezmann is the club’s current top earner with Messi yet to re-sign with the Catalan outfit
And according to Sport, Barcelona – who are also more than £1billion in debt – are looking to sell one of their top earners, with France international Griezmann prime among them.
The report adds the Catalan outfit need to offload around £171million (€200m) from their wage bill to register all of their new signings and tie Lionel Messi down to a new contract.
And the outlet claims selling Griezmann will help ease around £107m (€125m) of that amount, alongside whatever transfer fee Barcelona could manage to recoup for the 30-year-old.
The French forward is currently the club’s top earner on £294,000 per week, with Messi officially no longer – for the time being at least – a Barcelona player having yet to sign on to fresh terms at Camp Nou after his contract expired at the end of June.
Ronald Koeman (left,back) is happy to go in to the new season with Messi and Sergio Aguero (right) in his forward line
But the report claims boss Ronald Koeman would be confident of going into the new campaign without Griezmann and trusts Messi, Depay and Aguero to perform well enough over the course of the season in his forward line.
The same outlet adds Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are the most likely destination for Griezmann should he leave Spain this summer, with the future of Kylian Mbappe at the Parc des Princes increasingly uncertain after so resisting to sign an extension to his current deal which expires next summer.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is having to get creative with incomings this summer, mainly with free transfers, all while moving on high earners and those out of favour.
But he is aware of the need to clear salary space to re-register Messi as negotiations over a new contract remain ongoing.
PSG are reportedly the most likely destination for Griezmann with Kylina Mbappe’s future uncertain
Junior Firpo is close to joining Premier League side Leeds United in a deal worth just shy of £13million. The full-back’s exit would save Barca in the region of £8m per season.
Francisco Trincao has also been sent to England, in a loan deal with Wolves, who hold an option to buy.
Konrad De La Fuente has been sold to Marseille while Jean Claire-Todibo has been moved to Nice, the combination of which saves the club around £9m in wages and deal payments.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is having to get creative with incomings this summer
Matheus Fernandes saw his deal dramatically expunged recently and he is now said to be chasing loss of earnings at court for what he feels is unfair termination.
Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic are all being shopped around by Barcelona and now it appears Griezmann has been added to that list.
The France international is currently away on holiday after featuring for France at Euro 2020 prior to their round of 16 elimination at the hands of Switzerland via a penalty shootout.