Juventus are interested in signing Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Griezmann is entering the second season of his two-year loan at Atleti and there has been speculation over the player’s future.
Diego Simeone’s side are committed to signing the French forward on a permanent basis for €40m if he plays more than 50% of the games he’s available for.
However, Atleti are keeping his appearances low as they oppose making the purchase option a commitment.
This has led to Juventus showing interest in Griezmann if the Frenchman is available as a free agent next summer.
Juve have had a disappointing start to the season with question marks over the future of coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The Old Lady sit eighth in Serie A with 10 points after scoring nine goals.
The Serie A giants used the free agency route last summer to bring the likes of Angel di Maria and Paul Pogba to the Allianz Stadium.
They could consider Barcelona’s Griezmann as their next free signing.
Griezmann has made eight appearances this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist.
Griezmann doesn’t want to return to Barcelona
Griezmann told Transfermarkt that he hopes to stay at Atleti for as long as possible and is obviously keen not to return to Barcelona.
He said (via AS):
“I hope Atleti will want me as long as I can keep up with the pace of the games and the level required and we can make another beautiful story.”
Griezmann joined Barcelona from Atletico for £108m in 2019, making him the fourth most expensive signing in history.
The Frenchman had a disappointing spell at the Nou Camp, making 102 appearances, scoring 35 goals and providing 17 assists.
He won the Copa del Rey with Barca in 2021 but it was a transfer that never lived up to expectations.
Griezmann seems happy to be back at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
However, the current loan deal between Atleti and Barca has given him around 30 minutes of action in his second season.
A move to Juve could be a tempting offer for Griezmann, who may feel he can help one of the European giants re-establish themselves.
The French striker is likely to be there Les Blues‘ FIFA World Cup 2022 squad and could improve his chances of a permanent move to next summer’s tournament.
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