Since he landed at Barça in the summer of 2019, Griezmann has been waiting for Messi. And can not miss anyone. The Frenchman made the decision to sign for the Barça club to win titles and play with the best in the world, but he also knew that his ideal position on the field, and his playing role, is what the Argentine occupies, so he does not He had no choice but to adapt and fill gaps. If he has had to play close to the left wing, he has done so; if Koeman has placed him as a center forward, he has adapted. Despite the criticism, and taking into account the context, Griezmann has had a correct performance at Barça. He has scored 35 goals in 99 games, an average of 0.35 per game. It is not that of Atlético (0.51), where he scored 133 goals in 257 games, but he is a player who has gone further and who, in Barça’s only title in the last two years, the Cup, has played a decisive role: from the key goal of the La Cartuja final to the comebacks against Granada or Sevilla . Last season, his level rose.
However, the economic asphyxia of Barça affects him with a view to the 2021-22 season. And the club is bound to drop ballast to be able to register his four signings and renew Messi. Griezmann is one of the highest salaries in the workforce, so if the Argentine ends up signing his signature with Barça, the club will ask him to find a solution to separate their destinations. Griezmann, in addition, would not have a clear position in the team, since with Messi, Depay, Ansu and Agüero, having minutes would not be easy. But really, that wouldn’t be the problem. Griezmann always ends up making room for the teams because he works well. The point is that if Messi follows the salary bill, he will not allow Griezmann to continue.
The Barça knows of the soccer value of Griezmann. In fact, if for some reason Messi did not continue, the scenario will change and he would have a relevant role in the team. The point is that, with Barça as it is these days, the situation does not allow the two to continue together. At least, that is the theory. Because Griezmann, at least before the season ended, had no intention of leaving Barcelona. And if that plan hasn’t changed, expect a long summer. It goes without saying that Griezmann is not a depreciated player. Barça would need a sale of more than 100 million not to lose with the French. A figure absolutely out of the market these days.