Why Paris Saint-Germain is perfect for Antoine Griezmann
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The summer has only arrived and transfer speculation is already coming thick and fast. European powerhouses are intensifying their activities. Real Madrid has made the biggest statement so far by capturing five players, including Eden Hazard from Chelsea. Expect many more of Europe's top stars to follow the Belgian's lead in switching clubs. Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann is one.
The France international is no stranger to transfer sagas. He grabbed a lot of attention last year when flirting with a move to Barcelona. Eventually, the 28-year-old decided to stay put at the Wanda Metropolitano - a revelation he made publicly in his famous documentary titled 'La Decision'.
Over 365 days have passed since and a lot must have flashed through Griezmann's mind. Despite signing a new contract last June, he has decided to end his association with Atletico. The attacker revealed such on 14 May via Twitter, where he stated his intention to depart at season's end.
Given his qualities, every team would like to have Griezmann. European giants are paying close attention to his situation in a bid to secure his signature. In the past few weeks, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain have emerged as the two frontrunners.
If reports are to be believed, Barca are currently leading the race. With both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele failing to meet expectations, the Catalans are keen to add Griezmann to boost their chances of winning next season's Champions League.
However, following much analyses, I am of the opinion that things wouldn't work out. I highlighted a few reasons recently why Griezmann and Barcelona may not be perfect for each other.
This leaves PSG as the Frenchman's best option. There are several points to back that up.
Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano has seen Antoine Griezmann's last dance.
But will it be Barcelona & Lionel Messi that entices his plethora of celebrations or can PSG, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid snatch the little prince. https://t.co/hpui2E7rrZ
First, Griezmann wanting out is to do with his ambition. Despite putting up some serious challenges, Atletico have never won La Liga or the Champions League with him there. That doesn't seem set to change anytime soon. Now only two years shy of 30, he knows the time is right to add some major accolades.
PSG is the perfect destination to win silverware. The Parisians have dominated France for the past seven seasons, winning six Ligue 1 titles in that period, as well as 15 other domestic trophies. With their riches, they also have what it takes to compete for the Champions League.
Moreover, there is uncertainty surrounding both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's futures at the Parc des Princes. With the former touted to return to Barcelona this summer, there could be a chance for Griezmann to spearhead a new era in the French capital.
The reception he would get from PSG fans is another thing to consider. Having earned his status as a national hero by leading France to World Cup glory in Russia last year, the home supporters will be highly delighted to have him on their side.
The Parisians would benefit immensely from Griezmann's goal-scoring prowess. Available for £107 million from July 1st, it would be considered a coup in this heavily inflated market.
If PSG eventually let Neymar join Barca for the reported £200 million, they could then accommodate Griezmann and still comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play Regulations. Hence, it would end up as a win-win situation for both parties.