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Antoine Griezmann Could Return To Barcelona As Mbappe Drops Another Hint On His Future

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Barcelona started the season in the worst possible way, losing Lionel Messi to the free transfer market and Antoine Griezmann also left, returning back to Atletico Madrid on a season long loan deal.

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It can be said that the exit of Messi was more impactful to the club than that of Griezmann but still, it is the latter who has a higher possibility of returning to the club rather than the former.


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The French striker never really did hit top form during his stay at the Camp Nou stadium, at least when compared to his form at the Los Rojiblancos before joining Barca.

Since making his return, the striker seems to have hit top form, scoring some important goals before being hit by injury, same thing that affected his form at Barca. It’s written into his contract that Atleti will have to pay a sum of €40 million to make his loan move permanent.

But with the real possibility of the club missing out on Champions League football for next season as they’re currently fifth on the table, one place behind Barca who occupy the fourth and last position that guarantees UCL football, they might not be able to afford him at the end of the season.

In this scenario, Barcelona have just two options, either sell him off to another club that is willing to pay his transfer fee and also his huge salary or they keep the player and try to reintegrate him into the squad for next season.

He could be useful for Xavi as the Spaniard prefers a high-pressing, high-defensive work rate system, and Griezmann could easily fit the bill.

With Ousmane Dembele set to leave the club and considering the level of work rate from Griezmann, he could have a future at the club after all.

While he struggled under the 3-5-2 formation that was favored by the previous coach, he might flourish under the new system even if it doesn’t allow for the second striker position, a role he is used to playing with the national team and also at Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile…

Real Madrid may not be so assured after all in their pursuit of French striker, Kylian Mbappe after his latest comment in the backdrop of the Parisians win at the weekend over St Etienne in the French League.

Mbappe, who set a record, becoming PSG’s second highest goal-scorer of all-time, overtaking the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Edison Cavani still in the first position with 200 goals.

After the win over St Etienne, Mbappe told L’Equipe how special it was to match Ibrahimovic’s tally, and suggested he could be willing to stay at the club in order to beat Cavani’s record, with just 44 goals separating them.

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“Ibra, when you consider what he’s done here, it’s symbolic. It’s a high standard and I’m in an elite club [of players]. “I’ve equalled it and if there are no big problems, I’ll overtake it. There remains Edi’s record. We’ll see how it goes. You can’t dismiss the prospect of being the top scorer in PSG’s history,” he said.

Unless he can manage to score 44 goals between now and the end of the season, there is no way he can beat that record unless he stays with the club and extend his contract.

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(Fichajes and L’Equipe)

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