- Jordi Alba has criticized Antoine Griezmann for his transfer decision and the manner in which the decision was revealed
- Griezmann snubbed Barcelona in favor of staying at Atletico Madrid
In today’s latest Barcelona news, Spain and Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has taken a swipe at Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann for the entire transfer fiasco he created before announcing his decision to snub Barcelona and continue playing for Atletico Madrid. Griezmann was heavily tipped to join Barcelona in the summer to be the long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, however, Atletico Madrid went on to win the Europa League which changes Griezmann’s mind and the French striker opted against leaving Atletico Madrid. However, the manner of Griezmann’s decision was widely criticized by every football fan including Jordi Alba. Griezmann streamed a 20-minute video of flirting with the decision and strolling about his home before standing in front of the Wanda Metropolitano and confirming that he is staying at Atletico Madrid.
Commenting on Griezmann’s unusual way of revealing his transfer decision, Alba said: “Neither goes or comes … he is a great player, we respect his decision … who wants to come to Barça, come with much desire.” Said Alba in an interview with Sport. Alba was rather critical of Griezmann’s decision but hinted that Barcelona will not be weakened with Griezmann not joining the Catalan club this summer as they want players with the desire to play for them, more than the capabilities.
Ousmane Dembele is now certain to stay at Barcelona
In latest Barcelona news coming from Spain, it is now almost certain that French forward Ousmane Dembele will not be sold by the club this summer and will be part of Barcelona’s plans for next season. Amid Griezmann’s anticipated arrival, Dembele was linked with a move to Manchester United and Liverpool with Barca quoting a price of beyond 100million. However, manager Ernesto Valverde now sees Dembele as a key part of his plans for next season and will give the French forward more opportunities to justify his talent.
What next for Barcelona transfer plans?
According to the latest Barcelona transfer news, the reigning La Liga Champions are monitoring their attacking options with care and are likely to add Aleksandr Golovin and another backup striker. However, Barcelona transfer plan for 2017/18 season will largely revolve around bringing new midfielders and ensuring they have an able replacement for Andres Iniesta to supporting Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho. Barcelona will look to retain the La Liga title and rival Real Madrid for the Champions League honors.
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