Barcelona will offer Antoine Griezmann to Premier League giant Chelsea as the Catalan club desperately attempts to trim their wage bill to re-sign Lionel Messi, according to reports.
Messi, 34, contract expired on July 1 and the Argentina international is now open to negotiate with any club without the need for a huge transfer fee.
The six time Ballon d’Or winner has spent his entire career at Camp Nou, scoring 672 goals with additional of 305 assists in 778 appearances for the club.
Messi is keen on leaving the Catalan giants 12 months ago but they refused to allow him leave despite Manchester City offer players with additional cash for the 34-year-old.
It’s understood that Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea have positioned themselves in bids to land the evergreen attacker in case if Barcelona failed to meet his wage demands.
However, in order to meet his wage demands, Barcelona have reportedly ready to offered Griezmann, who bagged 33 goals and assists combined across all competitions last season to Chelsea.
Report by Daily Star claimed the La Liga outfit are ‘being forced to cut costs this summer so they can afford Messi’s new contract’ and Griezmann ‘will be offered to Chelsea as part of crisis club Barcelona’s desperate attempts to re-sign’ the Argentinian.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are in market for new centre-forward with boss Thomas Tuchel desperate to strengthen his front-line in order to challenge Manchester City for domestic league.
It’s understood that Erling Haaland is club priority, but his deal to Stamford Bridge this summer, remains doubt with Borussia Dortmund reluctant to selling him due to the departure of Jando Sancho to Manchester United.
As a result of that, former Atletico Madrid forward, has been offered to London club, as Barcelona want to using Tuchel interest Frenchman back in days one to get his man this summer.
The reports explain in details that Griezmann’s representatives ‘are expected in London in the next few days to gauge interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea’.
The Frenchman, who bagged 20 goals and 13 assists across all competitions for Catalan giants last term, could be the perfect fit for Tuchel’s energetic pressing 3-4-3 system, given his hard-working play-style that resulted in such a successful spell under Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.