Liverpool have been linked with a move for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to reports in Spain (via the Liverpool Echo), the 30-year-old World Cup winner will be allowed to leave the Camp Nou this summer due to the financial situation of the Catalan giants.
The report states that Jurgen Klopp’s charges are monitoring Griezmann’s situation at Barca, with a cut-price deal being lined up by the club’s hierarchy.
Michael Edwards must avoid
Griezmann has endured a difficult couple of campaigns since moving to the five-time European champions, scoring 35 times and providing just 16 assists in 99 appearances.
Although the World Cup winner finally got his hands on some major silverware in Spanish football, winning the Copa del Rey, he’s had to watch his former side Atletico Madrid go from strength to strength in his absence, winning their second La Liga title in seven years.
While Liverpool have themselves just experienced their worst season in some time, signing an ageing talent on a reported £795,000-per-week wage packet in the hope of a quick fix is not the answer to their problems.
The Reds have climbed up the Premier League table under Klopp’s tutelage via – amongst other things – a pragmatic and effective strategy in the transfer market.
Philippe Coutinho was sold for an extraordinarily high profit, and the funds from his departure were smartly reinvested into the first-team squad, propelling Liverpool from top-four contenders to Champions League and Premier League winners almost overnight.
Bringing in Griezmann would be a considerable change of approach from the tried and tested model so successfully carried out by Michael Edwards, the Anfield outfit’s director of football.
Despite the France international undoubtedly being a world-class talent on his day, the potential short-term gain in acquiring his signature would not outweigh the negative repercussions which would be felt for years to come.
With young, world-class prodigies such as Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe, all potentially available this summer, prioritising their arrivals over Griezmann is the only way to ensure the Reds can get back to the summit of English football rather than witnessing the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City move further away from them in the top-flight table.
In the past, Mbappe has been quick to compliment his compatriot, even comparing the Barca man to Brazilian star Neymar.
“Neymar is more creative, and Griezmann is more clinical in front of goal. So, they are two different players, and I can learn from both of them every day,” revealed the Paris Saint-Germain man.
But Liverpool need to go in a different direction. Their famed front-three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will all be 29 when the 2021/22 campaign kicks off, meaning it’s now time for new blood and fresh legs on Merseyside, not someone even older than their existing options.
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