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Barça would not hesitate to sell Griezmann if a good offer arrives

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According to the reliable Cadena Ser, Barcelona would not hesitate to sell Antoine Griezmann if a satisfactory offer would be made. The Catalan club believes that the player can be used to generate funding for other forwards, with special emphasis on Neymar’s return to the Camp Nou.

Also, Griezmann has many international team-mates at Paris Saint-Germain, so if the Parisien club believes in the player, it would be no surprise that they would want to acquire him in a swap deal considering that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona.

Griezmann has failed to impress at Barça in his first season, despite the statistics being very close to Neymar’s debut season at the Catalan club. The Frenchman managed to contribute with 15 goals and 4 assists in 46 games this season, while Neymar had 15 goals and 15 assists in 2013/14 in 46 games.

Barcelona will keep monitoring Griezmann’s performances and decide whether once again, a record signing failed or not. The upcoming Champions League games will be key not only in the Frenchman’s future but also in Barça’s plans regarding the transfers of forward players.

Stats: Transfermarkt
Sources: Cadena Ser, Goal

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Koeman’s press conference ahead of Sevilla clash ends prematurely due to a nosebleed

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As Barcelona gear-up to take on Sevilla in gameweek 25 of La Liga, Ronald Koeman sat down to address the media as part of his pre-game press conference. However, his presser was interrupted, and consequently ended prematurely due to a nosebleed the Dutchman suffered while speaking. This is the second time this is happening this season, with the first incident occurring before the Athletic Bilbao game last month. It comes possibly as a result of the blood thinners he takes after suffering from heart problems last year, as has been reported by Javi Miguel.

Before the presser was halted, Koeman spoke about how the two consecutive games against Sevilla are different from one another, saying “There are two different games. Tomorrow we play for La Liga, and Wednesday for the Copa del Rey. We have to win both games and we hope to continue our unbeaten streak in the league tomorrow.”

As part of merry news, Ronald Araujo has entered the squad list for the first time in five games after suffering an ankle injury against Real Betis. Koeman addressed his inclusion in the presser, saying, “Araújo has entered the list and everyone who enters the list has options to play. We’ll decide our XI tomorrow.”

Koeman clearly holds the young defender in high praise, and complimented him in today’s presser as well, saying, “Araújo has had a very good season so far. He’s young, but he has learned and shown a lot. He has a great physique level, he’s strong and fast, and he brings us many things defensively.”

The topic surrounding Barcelona’s lack of leadership came up yet again, despite there being several veteran players in the side. Koeman singled out Lionel Messi again, while calling for contribution from others: “Veteran players have tried to take control, but they can’t do it alone either. Messi has 17-18 goals, the same as everyone else put together. Responsibility must be shared.”

“I know that being a Barça coach there is always a lot of pressure. If you don’t win, it’s the manager’s mistake. I don’t know what could happen in the future, there is time to talk about that, but I’m optimistic,” Koeman said in regards to how he feels about his future as a Barcelona coach with the elections nearby.

The last thing Koeman talked about was voting in the elections before rushing out of the room. He said, “The elections? I will not vote because I think I don’t have to vote. I have to wait, and the socios will decide.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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