Antoine Griezmann has been a hot topic in the Atletico Madrid camp this season. With the club knee-deep in financial turmoil, they have opted to restrict the use of the Frenchman in an attempt to avoid paying €40 million at the end of the season.
This has led to Barcelona seeking legal measures, although Atletico Madrid seem to be on top of things. It could ultimately lead to Barça looking to lower the cost of the operation, in an attempt to offload Griezmann, one way or another.
However, according to a report from MARCA, Barcelona could be handed a lifeline as Juventus, too, are keeping tabs on the attacker.
The report sheds light on Juventus’ approach in the market, even after the club registered a loss of €250 million last financial year. They have already identified a list of players that could strengthen the team ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.
Marco Asensio is one of the players targeted by Juve next summer, but the list also includes Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman has a vast experience at the highest level of football. He almost has 450 appearances to his name in La Liga while his contributions to the French national team have been critical over the years, including the nation’s triumph in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Although Juventus remain the outsiders in this transfer saga, they may have an excellent chance of signing the player if Atletico Madrid and Barcelona continue to have disagreements over the terms of the new deal.
Moreover, it appears Griezmann should not have any issues over reducing his wage demands as the attacker is keener on gaining regular game-time. A move to Juventus, to that end, could make perfect sense, especially as the Frenchman looks to revive his career after a disastrous spell at Barça.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.