Antoine Griezmann has admitted it will be difficult for his new side, Barcelona to put a deal in place for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.
The French World Cup winner just completed a big-money switch to Camp Nou this summer, but the Catalan giants are trying to bring a former star back to the club.
The Spanish La Liga champions splashed out €120 million (£107m/$134m) to wrap up the transfer for the French international Griezmann, although rivals Atletico Madrid are still contesting the terms of that agreement as they believe they are owed more.
However, it could be that Griezmann is not the only big name signing made to a star-studded attacking unit at Camp Nou.
That is because talk of a move to bring Brazil international Neymar back to Catalunya refuses to go away. The Olympic Gold medal winner has opened the door for a switch back to the Nou Camp but, despite Barca exploring a number of possible options, no progress has been made and Griezmann concedes that acquiring the 27-year-old will not be easy.
The Frenchman told Sky Sports on a long-running saga: “We have to get it done first because it is a difficult transfer, but he is a great player. He’s had a couple of injuries but he’s at an incredible level. We also have [Ousmane] Dembele, [Philippe] Coutinho and Malcom, who are also important players for us, so let’s hope we can achieve great things with them.”
Griezmann has already expressed his excitement at being given the chance to work alongside some of the very best talents in world football. Lionel Messi who has won the Ballon d’Or five times and prolific Uruguayan, Luis Suarez are set to have further help with Griezmann now in the squad whether they sign Neymar or not.
The former Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid man is hoping to play his part in what could be a memorable 2019-20 campaign for the Blaugrana, with the 28-year-old eager to prove his worth after landing a dream opportunity.
Griezmann won the UEFA Europa League with the Rojiblancos last season before winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“I hope I will have an important role, I want to be an important player for the team and help in whatever way I can,” added Griezmann. “As long as I enjoy playing with my team-mates and give it all on the pitch, it doesn’t matter.”
Griezmann is looking forward to helping the Blaugrana win more titles as they hope to retain their Spanish La Liga title and win the Copa del Rey and the elusive UEFA Champions League.