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Barcelona forward wants to continue at club despite Premier League interest – report

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The future of France superstar Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona continues to be in a state of quandary.

Signed from Atletico Madrid two years ago, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner hasn’t quite been able to justify the massive outlay made on him by Barca, with his form, barring the period towards the end of the 2020/21 season, leaving plenty to be desired.

Given the financial lurch Barcelona find themselves entangled in and the drastic measures that they are going to have to take in order to trim the wage bill and successfully renew Lionel Messi’s contract, it has been suggested that Griezmann could be axed from the squad, used as the sacrificial lamb to achieve a bigger purpose.

Le Petit Prince, for his part, does not seem to have a shortage of suitors either. Manchester City, in particular, are hot on his trails as Pep Guardiola looks for alternatives to primary transfer target Harry Kane, to fill the void left behind by Sergio Aguero.

However, as per a report from Mundo Deportivo, Griezmann has no desire of leaving Barcelona this summer and intends to see his contract through. The 30-year-old still has three years left on his current deal with the Catalan giants and has received no indication, whatsoever, that the club wants to get rid of him. So, the Frenchman is currently looking forward to returning to pre-season on July 20, following his Euro involvement.

The report, however, does add that in case Barcelona were to inform Griezmann that he might have to take a pay cut or leave the club, then he would consider his options. As it is, there are not many clubs that are in a position to sign him due to the effects of the pandemic, Manchester City being one among the very few.

Juventus could be an option should Cristiano Ronaldo leave while Bayern Munich could also look at him as Robert Lewandowski enters the final year of his contract. PSG has been touted as an interested party in the past, but a move seems unlikely. So, as things stand, Griezmann staying put at Camp Nou seems the likeliest scenario once the summer transfer window slams shut.