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Marca: Barcelona tried to swap Griezmann for Joao Felix

Barcelona recently proposed a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid, Marca reports.

The offer to send Griezmann back to Atleti in return for €126m wonderkid Felix was made by Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu days before their historic 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Griezmann only joined Barcelona from Atletico a year ago for €120m, with the Madrid club signing Felix to replace him.

However, Barcelona’s €561m wage bill is eating up 81% of their expected operating income.

Griezmann earns around €21m-per-year at Camp Nou, compared to Joao Felix’s comparatively modest €3.5m.

That led to Bartomeu offering the highly paid Griezmann for Felix, an idea that bemused Atletico.

Chief executive Gil Marin took ‘half a second’ to respond with a definitive ‘no’.

Felix is a personal bet of Gil Marin, who is convinced that the young Portuguese striker will be a success.

And now things have changed…

Gil Marin was open to a hypothetical return for Griezmann to the Rojiblancos, but had no interest in losing Felix.

The Atletico chief instead offered Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa to Barca for Griezmann, which Bartomeu rejected.

Things have now changed at Barcelona with Luis Suarez on his way out and other high earners such as Arturo Vidal to follow.

Not to mention the Lionel Messi situation which could see the Argentine join Manchester City.

Suddenly, Griezmann looks like an important player for Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barca next season.

Koeman has plans to switch Griezmann back to a central position where he was more effective for Atletico.

SourceMarca

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