Strategy. The Barça has an important decision to make these days with bartering Saúl-Griezmann. In addition to the urgent matter of the salary bill, if it is by template design, surely it could be an operation of some interest. Griezmann’s fit in a team with Messi, as much as the Frenchman has done everything he can to find a place and last season he had a lot to do with some good things about Barça, it’s not easy. What’s more, Koeman needs midfielders because, as much as Laporta has asked for faith in Riqui Puig, right now he only trusts Busquets, De Jong and Pedri. Saúl’s profile seduces him. A player with the ability to go from area to area, with touch, physical deployment, aerial game and shooting, that which the Dutchman asks so much for. But does this Saul already do that?
Doubts. In certain sectors of the Barça there are reservations. Saúl comes from a very gray season at Atlético, where he has been seen to fall into a certain discouragement. There is a suspicion that if Simeone, who usually brings out the best in his players, has approved the operation, is that he no longer expects much more from him even though, at 26 years old, he is still in time to come back. There are those who put themselves on the scene of Operation Arda, which was supposedly to be the tale of the thousand and one nights and ended up being a ruin.
Transfers. The Athletic it has ended up being a dangerous friendship for Barça. He has sold him very dearly, and has even denounced him for the Griezmann case with the international cost of image that this entailed in the Barça club. And he has handled him as he wanted to take over Villa, who brought the 2014 League under his arm; and Suárez, that of 2020. You have to go far back to remember players who, coming from Atlético de Madrid, performed at Barça. Almost to the time of Gil, when Eusebio, Salinas and Juan Carlos took the airlift and they were rotation footballers with remarkable performance.
Leader. The Barça seems again in a dead end before him Athletic. He wants to get rid of Griezmann. And for that, he will have to accept the will of the player, who feels protected and understood by Simeone. He baked it and is more than just a coach to him. The Argentine is sufficient guarantee to think that he has very thought about Griezmann. That it will protect you from those who criticized you in your departure and that it will work for you. The thing of Saúl in the Barça already is another thing. But that’s how the economy and dangerous friends are.