According to rumors in Spain, Atletico Madrid turned down the possibility to bring Antoine Griezmann back to the club from Barcelona in a direct swap deal with Joao Felix. According to reports last week, Barcelona is ready to trade Griezmann, the club’s current highest earning on £294,000 per week, with Lionel Messi still to re-sign as a free agent.
The reason for this is because the Catalan giants are unable to register any of their new signings because they have over LaLiga’s tight salary cap of 40%. Then, earlier this week, sources in Spain stated that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are considering a sensational trade involving the 30-year-old and midfielder Saul Niguez.
However, according to MARCA, Atletico Madrid approached the Catalan club with a proposal comprising a direct swap between Griezmann and Joao Felix, who started just 14 of his 31 Spanish league matches in 2020-21.
Despite the fact that the Portugal international’s lack of regular starting XI places has apparently led to a turbulent relationship with manager Diego Simeone, the same site adds that Atletico are unwilling to let him go.
Source: Daily Mail