After a season that has probably left some scars on the mid of players, staff and Barcelona’s board, the new season brings new hope of conquering the European title and Antoine Griezmann will be one of the assets to utilize moving forward.
Griezmann comes to help Barcelona fix past mistakes: a tumultuous transfer
Since the start of the calendar year, the press was reporting a potential deal between Barcelona and Grizemann for his transfer at the end of the season. However, the process dragged out a bit longer than what was expected.
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Barcelona announced his signing a couple of days ago by the value of his termination clause – 120 million euros – but Atlético de Madrid quickly contested the value that was involved, claiming that the deal was defined at a time when the termination clause of the World champion was still 200 million Euros.
In any case, and independently of what that might produce in the future, the truth is that Griezmann has become a Blaugrana and he comes in to help Lionel Messi and company in the pursuit of a Champions League title that has been escaping them for the past couple of years.
Right now, Barcelona are appointed as the 2nd favourites to win the most important European clubs’ title, with odds of around 7.00 on Bet365, only behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, that are priced at around 5.50 on the bookmakers.
Antoine Griezmann will be an excellent addition to the Catalan attack that on the previous season became overly dependent of Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, since both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembélé struggled to impose their football.
The former Atlético de Madrid French attacker has a lot of experience in Spain football and also in the Champions League and he might be essential on the decisive matches of the competitions in the sense that he can work as a third alternative on a truly luxurious attack.
A ‘Dream Team’ with Griezmann under construction?
Besides the arrival of the French attacker, Barcelona has already ensured the services of one of the most talented and promising midfielders at the moment a long time ago.
I’m speaking about Frankie de Jong that shined playing for Ajax Amsterdam this season and might be sort of a successor to Xavi or Andrés Iniesta, such is his quality of pass and positioning on the pitch.
The Dutch midfielder seems to be a piece that will fit Barcelona’s playstyle very well, consolidated on a good ball circulation with short passes.
Alongside Arthur Melo, Sergio Busquets and even Arturo Vidal, Barcelona is forming a midfield sector with a lot of quality that might work as a foundation for the other areas of the team.
Still, the defensive breakdown of the team on the final stage of last season might lead the club to the transfer market again in order to strengthen their squad with a great central defender that can ensure the stability of the team in times of trouble.
A lot of players were already probed. However, when you have Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Piqué, it becomes clear that you will need to open up your pockets to ensure a defender that can add something more to the quality of these two.
The Neymar dilema
Neymar continues to generate waves of anger in Paris, with the president of the Parisian club getting less and less patient with the subsequent tantrums of the Brazilian attacker.
As we know, Neymar has already manifested his desire of abandoning PSG and he even showed some regret for having made the decision of leaving Barcelona to embrace the project of the French, which means his desire of getting transferred is quite real, but Paris Saint-German won’t let him go easily, because they had paid 222 million euros for his services.
Barcelona and Real Madrid seem to be the two clubs that are interested and able to pay a hefty amount of money for his signing. However, when we look at the rosters that both sides are building, both of them seem to lack space to fit in the Brazilian.
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Real Madrid has already hired Eden Hazard to lead their attack, besides Luka Jovic and Rodrygo that are added to Vinicius Junior, Isco, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale amonst others, and Barcelona have already strengthened themselves in attack with Griezmann, still having Dembélé and Coutinho as luxurious options.
That way, Neymar’s future is still uncertain and in case he stays in Paris, he might have a tumultuous season filled with incidents.
Barcelona are also the favourites in La Liga
The roster that Barcelona are building and their supremacy in La Liga on the last decade put the side led by Ernesto Valverde as clear favourites to win the title again, with 1.45 odds at the moment on 1xBet.
However, the recent domination of the Blaugrana in Spain continues to have an impact when it’s time to define the markets for the upcoming season…