Barcelona and Atletico Madrid 'open to mega Griezmann & Niguez transfer swap deal' as Catalans look to reduce wage bill

BARCELONA are reportedly interested in swapping Antoine Griezmann for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

The Catalans are desperate to reduce their wage bill this summer – the French striker is believed to earn around £295,000-a-week.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca 'are considering a sensational swap deal' between the two players.

Liverpool are also believed to be checking out Niguez.

Griezmann, who left Atletico for Barca for £107 million, played 51 games in all competitions last season, scoring 20 goals.

Niguez, meanwhile, featured 41 times for Diego Simeone's Atletico side, scoring twice.

There are also rumours that Manchester City have contacted France international Griezmann over a potential transfer.

According to French website Foot Mercato, City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken to Griezmann, 30, about a potential move to the Etihad.

The Premier League champions are in need of a new striker after releasing club legend Sergio Aguero and the Frenchman could fit the bill.

City have been linked with England captain Harry Kane but may be priced out of a move by current employers Tottenham.


Rumours suggest Barcelona are hoping to receive a serious offer for Griezmann this summer to appease their financial woes.

It is believed the Spanish giants need to cut their costs to operate under a salary cap, with new signing Memphis Depay reportedly agreeing to a 30 per cent pay cut.

Barca are yet to agree a new contract with Messi and the sale of Griezmann could finance his wages.

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