Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool are both reportedly monitoring Antoine Griezmann’s situation at Barcelona amid Lionel Messi’s decision to remain at the Nou Camp.
The French international had been told by new Barca boss Ronald Koeman that he could occupy the Messi role at the club next season, should he leave for pastures new.
But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will now remain with the Catalans after performing a U-turn and insisting he is not willing to take the club to court to resolve the situation.
With Messi now staying, it is not clear what Griezmann’s role in the team will be under the new manager and his future could be in doubt.
The forward has been unable to settle at the Nou Camp since his £108million move from Atletico Madrid last summer and was left out of the starting line up towards the end of the last campaign.
Koeman has been told he needs to trim down his squad to allow Messi to remain and it is unlikely that young stars like Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele will be sold.
Philippe Coutinho, who has returned to Barca after his successful loan spell with Bayern Munich, could be sacrificed but Koeman wants to have a look at him up close before a decision is made.
This means that it could be Griezmann that is shipped out, and according to the Mail, Premier League clubs are now on red alert.
The report claims that United and Liverpool are keeping an eye on developments, while Arsenal have also been credited with a potential interest in the 29-year-old.
Even Manchester City could be interested with Sergio Aguero coming to the end of his career and Gabriel Jesus being the only other recognised forward at the Etihad.
The report adds that Barca are willing to use the rest of the window until October to restructure their squad with Koeman still not having been able to watch his players in action.
Even with Messi now staying, the club are in the midst of desperate times and are in danger of falling behind bitter rivals Real Madrid and the rest of Europe if things do not change.
Barca ended last season without a trophy for the first time since 2014 and were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
They relinquished their La Liga crown to Los Blancos but the season would have been much worse had it not been for Messi’s exploits throughout the campaign.
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