FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are believed to be working on a transfer swap this summer with Antonin Griezmann and Saul Nguyen. The transfer has not yet been confirmed, but it is now thought that La Liga Santander will keep a close eye on the deal.
Although the transfer agreement is called a “player swap”, it is not really a barter trade in Spain. Basically, both teams still need to set the right prices for their players, and that amount must be met by both sides before the exchange can move forward.
After FC Barcelona became desperate to offload Griezmann next season and take a massive pay cut from his wage bill, La Liga wants to make sure that when the transition is around There is no such thing as “accounting” when it comes to accounting.
According to Spanish media outlets Radio Brand And El Partazazo di Cope, Griezmann is expected to cost up to 72 million euros. If it is sold for less than that amount, Barcelona is effectively selling at a loss. Despite being part of last season’s La Liga-winning squad, the Negroes are not as capable. The values of the two players are not commensurate, but Barcelona have other problems to worry about.
Even if they are effectively letting go of a loss-free man, they need to make the deal to make room in their pay cap for next season. This is the only way he can re-sign Lionel Messi, although Argentina has reportedly already agreed to a 50% pay cut.
If the club is unable to reduce their wage bill, not only will the Catalan giants be unable to sign Messi, they will not be able to register new signatures such as Sergio Aguero, Memphis DePaye and Eric Garcia.
Barcelona did not want Griezmann to return to his former club after he was burned following the transfer of Luis Suarez last year. He left Uruguay International and sent it to his rivals, only to help Atletico win the La Liga trophy. But now, they are more free about the idea if it helps accelerate their mission of sending valuable players with massive salaries.
If the agreement is reached, Barcelona will not be out of the jungle. He will eventually need to release 100 million euros before re-signing Macy’s.