Barcelona captain Lione Messi has made an interesting statement about the Catalan giants signing Antoine Griezmann after the Atletico Madrid forward announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Since Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann announced that he would be leaving the club, he has been linked with some prominent teams from Europe, most particularly Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona.
That being said, Catalonia is the place that is being tipped to be the forward’s new home and through many sources. Barcelona have already started prodromal negotiations for the World Cup winner and continue to be keen on a transfer for Antoine Griezmann.
Currently, he has a release clause of 200 million euros in the Wanda Metropolitano, but that amount is set to decrease to 120 million from the 1st of July, as per an agreement in the player’s deal.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 14, 2019
Griezmann has been tipped to be Luis Suarez’s successor, but Lionel Messi and several mainstays at the Camp Nou are not in much favour of a move for the France international.
Firstly, Griezmann would be earning an exorbitant salary, secondly he is not a young player and has only three or four prime years left and finally, the way he rejected Barca has not gone down well.
Thus, Lionel Messi has recommended to Barcelona that they look at Manchester City forward Leroy Sane as an alternate to Antoine Griezmann, as per Sportskeeda.
The biggest advantage with Sane is his age, but the fact that he can play on the left wing is another bonus. Griezmann can play on the flanks but his gameplay is visibly impeded.
Philippe Coutinho’s inevitable departure and Ousmane Dembele’s hilt in form means that the Blaugrana needs a left winger and Sane’s attributes perfectly fit the bill.
In addition to that, he is a proven lad in the Premier League with quite good statistics that would only better when he plays with the generous as well as lethal Lionel Messi.
The emergence of Bernardo Silva this season under Pep Guardiola’s system has seen the Germany international fall out of favour in the Citizens’ line-up.
Leroy’s age is a factor due to which he cannot afford to be hanging at a club as a substitute and hence, the Camp Nou would be the best possible destination for him given how well things are going in there.