It’s barely been a year since the French World Cup winner has joined the Catalans and yet, the current developments are not exactly ideal and Antoine Griezmann truly might leave Barcelona in the not so distant future.
There have now been several reports that claim something is certainly up and where there is smoke, there is usually fire as well. Cuatro were the latest outlet out there to stir the pot with their report, claiming the Azulgranas see Griezmann as a bargaining chip and might even use Philippe Coutinho and the Frenchman in order to get Neymar back to the club from Paris Saint-Germain.
But it seems that France is not the only possible destination for Barcelona’s €120m signing. Mundo Deportivo have reported that both Manchester United and Manchester City have shown interest in the forward and not only that, but the player himself also likes the clubs and the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
However, despite some of the reports indicating Griezmann might leave Barcelona in search of greener pastures elsewhere, the Catalan outlet insists that the club still bets on the Frenchman and wants him to succeed at the Camp Nou.
It still remains to be seen what exactly happens with the big-money signing but there’s no denying that his case is already quite a curious one.
One thing is for sure, though – Barcelona can’t afford to make more mistakes in the market and ironing things out with Griezmann, both off and on the pitch, should be their priority.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.