When it seemed that the exchange between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona for Saúl and Griezmann was clear, Barça would have tried to get it to be for Joao Félix.
The negotiations would have become entrenched because Atlético would want an exchange of players at no cost, but Barça would be asking between 20 and 30 million more for Griezmann due to the higher value in the French market. The rojiblanco team would not be very much for the work, and Barça would have taken the opportunity to request that the exchange be for Joao Félix, a player desired by Laporta and who they consider at the level of Griezmann. However, Atlético would not be willing to part with the young promise.
Everything seems to indicate that it is a strategy of Barça to end up convincing Atlético de Madrid to accept the exchange of Griezmann and Saúl plus 20 million, because really Barça would not have a place for a record as high as that of Joao Félix. With the departure of Griezmann, the Blaugrana team seeks to lighten the salary mass to be able to comply with the fair play financial and contract Messi, so it would be counterproductive to hire the Portuguese.
On the other hand, Joao Félix is a player who would not fit in very well with Barça’s current scheme, as he is neither a winger nor a midfielder. In addition, in case of playing with two forwards, the one who would play behind the forward would be Messi. The only possible place in which he could perform would be in the false 9, in a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 scheme, leaving the area for Messi and Depay who would enter from the wings.
Despite everything, it is very difficult for Atlético de Madrid to accept this negotiation. It is true that Joao Félix has not finished performing as expected, and that he has had many injuries, but the rojiblancos trust the Portuguese and it is most likely that