Only a year after he committed this future to Atletico Madrid, French forward Antoine Griezmann has stated his desired to abandon the club as soon as possible. The World Cup winner seemed to be happy to stay with the team, but after failing to succeed in every single competition they played this year and seeing the imminent departure of some of the most important players in the team, Griezmann has decided his time to leave has arrived, too.
He is a very interesting player with no fear to play against any rival and one that can unlock a game when things are difficult for his team, so there is no doubt he will count with plenty of suitors this summer. Nevertheless, only a bunch of teams can be able to land a player like Griezmann and actually make him compete for important things, so here are the top 5 best new possible destinations for the Frenchman this offseason.
The Red Devils have been linked with the Frenchman for quite some time now; they were expected to make a move for the forward last season, but that never happened, leaving Griezmann with the option of going to Barcelona and re-signing with Los Rojiblancos, which he did.
This year, however, with Barcelona back on the hunt for Griezmann, Man. Utd. seems more decided to fight for Antoine’s services against the Catalonians. It’s going to be really hard to steal Griezmann from Barcelona, but Manchester already tried to sign the 28-year-old player in 2016, so this time can be the one when they finally get their desired asset.
A team that needs to rebuild is German giants Bayern Munich, which went from being one of the most dangerous teams in Europe to one that can barely win the Bundesliga. They have had a couple of bad seasons playing in Champions League and fans believe the time is now to start bringing actual quality players to the team.
With the departure of their beloved wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Antoine Griezmann sounds like a very interesting option for the Bavarians, who have already said Antoine is a priority for them alongside Juventus’ Paulo Dybala. Bayern has been a team that has known how to use wingers, so this guy going through rivals flanks at Allianz Arena appears like a very good option.
The other team from Manchester is also one of the suitors to acquire Griezmann’s services this summer. Pep Guardiola’s squad, Manchester City, has also been linked to the French footballer in recent months, with all kind of options going around about how the team will finally buy the attacker.
Pep Guardiola has said recently that the Citizens ‘can’t afford’ Griezmann, something that’s laughable seeing the monetary power the team has and that they don’t doubt to disburse big amounts in order to get any player. But, there are people who believe City can swap Gabriel Jesus for Griezmann, so that way they would pay less to Los Rojiblancos and would steal one of the most wanted names in the next transfer window.
Talking about monetary power, here comes Paris Saint-Germain, who haven’t hesitated to spend money like it is candy in order to get players like Kylian Mbappe or Neymar Jr. This time, Griezmann could be seen as a good replacement for the Brazilian standout or as a compliment for him, as well.
There have been rumors saying PSG would be willing to pay over €100 for Griezmann this offseason and pair him up with Neymar and even Barcelona’s fiasco Philippe Coutinho in case the former Santos player decides to leave Les Parisiens in the summer.
The Blaugrana seem like the most plausible destination for Griezmann at this very moment, as they don’t want to miss another chance to land Griezmann, just like they did last year when the Frenchman snubbed a move to Camp Nou and choose to re-sign with Atletico.
Many people believe it’s only a matter of time before we see Griezmann playing alongside the likes of Lio Messi and Luis Suarez. It’s fair to say that this isn’t done yet, as reports suggest Lio Messi has recommended the team’s directive to look for another player instead of Griezmann, and, with all the other teams mentioned here trying to steal the former Real Sociedad forward, perhaps we’ll have to wait more time before we see which team he’ll be joined in the summer.