Barcelona are currently in a huge mess and have been trying to come out of their current financial situation by lining up a couple of players that they want to offload this summer. There are a couple of players in the squad that have been reported to be earning huge figures at the Camp Nou and that has had a huge toll on the club’s wage structure, causing them to overpay wages to players in recent years. Club captain Lionel Messi had to agree to a 50% salary slash to accept a new five-year contract extension at the club and it is also a result of the club’s current financial problem.
Barca are already looking to get rid of Antoine Griezmann and have been trying to hasten the process following the signing of Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay this summer. However, after offering the France international star to clubs in England including Chelsea and Manchester City, the Catalan giants have still not yet found a way to sell Griezmann. There is a possible way to let go of the Frenchman though, as reports have claimed that Barca are in talks with fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid for a swap deal that would see Griezmann return to the Metropolitano stadium while Saul Niguez would move the other way.
Atlético Madrid are said to be interested in the swap deal and have already started listening to the structure of the offer Barca are proposing. A lot of Barca fans have long been asking the club to get rid of Griezmann, particularly because he has not been able to justify the large sum that was paid to acquire his services some months ago.
Braithwaite, on the other hand, could be allowed to leave the club if a bid of at least £15 million is received by Barcelona this summer.