Recently, Barcelona have been linked with a shock transfer concerning Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann. But unlike the fans, it doesn’t seem like all the players at Camp Nou are excited by the idea.
The striker’s links to Los Rojiblancos’ rival club seemingly came out of nowhere, with multiple reports claiming a deal had already been agreed between the two parties.
However, as much as the Frenchman’s arrival would benefit the team, it seems like Ousmane Dembele is not exactly excited about his fellow compatriot joining the club, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
The report reveals that the former Borussia Dortmund man had made it clear to the Catalan club upon joining that he wanted to be a starter, and not a benchwarmer.
However, Dembele now believes the arrival of Griezmann would potentially put his starting spot among the Catalans at risk, and he is thus, unhappy about the situation.
On the other hand, Barca president Josep Bartomeu is said to be keen on securing the Atleti star’s services, and will likely not be held for ransom by the new arrival’s protests.
Further, Bartomeu reportedly wishes to club together the skills of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez with those of Antoine Griezmann’s, which makes the young winger’s concerns understandable.
The 26-year-old has not ruled out a switch away from the Wanda Metropolitano, and could truly be seen departing the Spanish capital in the near future.
And with elites like Man United competing for the French international’s signature, the January window looks to be shaping up to something worth looking forward to.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.