‘Revolution’ was splashed across the front page of Mundo Deportivo on Thursday.
It was explained the La Liga winners are planning to bring in Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.
Friday’s edition of the same newspaper has an update on the World Cup winner and on the front page ‘Griezmann Green light’ is written in capital letters as the technical staff of Barcelona have given their consent for the arrival of the player.
Within the story, it’s explained the former Real Sociedad star is a ‘serious option’ for the Catalan club and is now at the top of the list.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are planning to bring in an attacker in the summer and feel it’s ‘urgent’ to sign a player who can score more goals after their debacle at Anfield earlier this week.
The Atletico forward was close to joining the Spanish champions last summer and despite having a verbal agreement, he decided against making a switch to Camp Nou.
Mundo now explains the France international has admitted to have made a mistake by rejecting Barca and was offered to the club in the past few months.
It’s claimed the offer was received with ‘coldness’ by the Blaugrana leaders. However, general manager Pep Segura, technical secretary Eric Abidal and his assistant Ramon Planes see Griezmann with a ‘professional’s eye’.
His release clause will drop from €200m to €120m from July 1st and his experience in La Liga and the Champions League, coupled with goalscoring abilities, makes him a ‘bargain’ in the transfer market.
For this reason, the option to sign Griezmann for Barcelona is still alive and it now looks like it’s much needed, especially because of Luis Suarez’s age (32) and a lack of competition for the Uruguayan.