Barcelona Offloading Antoine Griezmann Shows Joan Laporta Era is Underway


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Antoine Griezmann is leaving Barcelona and returning to his former club, Atletico Madrid, in a loan deal worth €10 million with a buy option for €40 million, according to ESPN. ... The club intends to bring in Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong on loan to replace its departed stars, according to ESPN. sportsnet.caGriezmann returns to Atletico Madrid after transfer from Barcelona


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Antoine Griezmann Departure Spells Start of Joan Laporta Era

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In a shock deal that went under the radar on Transfer Deadline Day, Antoine Griezmann returned to former club Atletico Madrid in a loan deal, which will become permanent next year. This particular transfer, the exit of Antoine Griezmann, is indicative of something far larger: the second era of Barcelona club President, Joan Laporta.

During his first spell as President of Barcelona, Laporta’s tenure oversaw one of the most successful spells in the club’s history. The era of Barcelona which focused so heavily on integrating La Masia academy graduates into the first team – think Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol and others.

Between June of 2003 and June of 2010, his administration saw two Champions Leagues, four La Ligas and a flurry of domestic trophies. Quite simply, it was a golden era; the era where Messi as talisman (and Ronaldinho before him) and Guardiola as manager were at the heights of their respective powers. Everything ran so smoothly. Of course, in 2010, Laporta, having completed his tenure, was succeeded by Sandro Rosell and, eventually, Rosell would be succeeded by the largely unpopular Josep Maria Bartomeu. Whereas Laporta’s reign emphasized the development of home-grown, La Masia talent, Bartomeu’s heralded in an era of lavish spending; bloated contracts and, ultimately, the club’s rapid, almost terminal decline – certainly in pandemic times. His resignation late last year saw the sensational return of Laporta – an outspoken critic of Bartomeu – to the club.

For all the talk of the decline of Barcelona – and there is plenty – there is also much to be optimistic about. The club, for the first time in years, is focusing on developing their own talent once more.

As the exits of Messi and now Griezmann have highlighted, Barcelona are currently enduring a nightmarish period of financial instability. Whilst arch rivals, Real Madrid, were courting the services of Kylian Mbappe, Barcelona were offloading star players they simply couldn’t afford to keep. In doing so, however, they have freed up spaces for gifted youngsters. The likes of Ansu Fati, Pedri, Eric García, Ronald Araújo, Sergiño Dest and Gavi, to name a few, all have a place. Luckily for them, they can also rely on the services of Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Philippe Coutinho and now Sergio Agüero to pass on experience. Throw in the wildcard option of the supremely gifted talent of Memphis Depay and it becomes clear that there is plenty of talent in this side.

Make no mistake, this is a squad for the future; one which, with the right leadership overseeing their development, could become world beaters once more, in time. Lowered expectations, less pressure and the exit of Lionel Messi, in particular, have collectively given a generation of talent an opportunity to shine; an opportunity which might not have presented itself, if the club continued down the path Bartomeu had led it down. The Antoine Griezmann transfer effectively demonstrated that Barcelona, under Laporta, are serious about offloading the lavish contracts which have rendered the club financially insecure. Whereas his exit itself signals a waste of potential, it is the right move for the club; one which, in time, will be remembered as a turning point in the club’s fortunes.

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Griezmann bids farewell to Barcelona: I'm leaving sad... 01 September, 2021 - 07:13am

The Frenchman has rejoined Atletico Madrid, two years after leaving

The 30-year-old has rejoined Los Colchoneros on a season-long loan with an option for another year, which includes a compulsory purchase option for 40 million euros.

"Dear Culers. I want to say goodbye and thank you for your affection," Griezmann's message began.

"I gave everything for this shirt, I have been committed to this great club and I am sad not to have been able to enjoy more of you in the stands, but I am proud to have been one of you."

Griezmann made the move from Atleti to Barcelona in the summer of 2019 for 120 million euros, and in his two seasons at the Camp Nou he made 102 appearances, in which he scored 35 goals and provided 17 assists.

Now the French forward returns to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, where he will once again work under the orders of Diego Simeone, with whom he enjoyed some of the best football of his career.

Official: Barcelona confirm Luuk de Jong arrival 01 September, 2021 - 04:26am

The Sevilla striker has come in on loan

The deal is now done, though, and De Jong has arrived at the Camp Nou on a season-long loan until June 30, 2022. The Catalans will pay the entirety of his wages, while they also have an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

De Jong, whose Sevilla contract runs until 2023, has long been a player that Ronald Koeman has admired, with the two having worked together with the Netherlands.

In the 31-year-old's first season at Sevilla he played 46 times, scoring 10 goals. Last term he bagged nine in 48 appearances. De Jong played a major part in Sevilla's 2020 Europa League triumph.

Besiktas have been pursuing De Jong for much of the summer, as have PSV Eindhoven. Neither option came to fruition though and it looked like that he would continue in Andalusia until, on Tuesday, Barcelona stepped forward to sign him.

Key movements and signings from Europe's top clubs: 2021 soccer transfer window

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Antoine Griezmann and Saúl Ñiguez were the big names to move late on deadline day, with Atlético Madrid having a busy night.

Griezmann's move to his former club completed a day of outgoings for Barcelona, who sold Emerson Royal and Ilaix Moriba, as well as loaning out Ray Minaj.

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona did get one player in, however, who will seemingly replace Griezmann in attack with Sevilla's De Jong moving to the Catalan capital.

Barca's LaLiga rivals Real Madrid did not manage to get a mega deal for Kylian Mbappe over the line, despite a reported bid of €200m having been lodged on Tuesday, though Los Blancos did sign Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.

Paris Saint-Germain capped a busy transfer window with the loan signing of highly rated left-back Nuno Mendes from Portuguese champions Sporting CP, with Pablo Sarabia moving in the other direction.

Mendes joins PSG on a season-long loan, while the Ligue 1 giants have the option to buy the Portugal international at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old had previously been linked with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, but he has made the move to PSG alongside fellow recruits Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

A product of Sporting's famed youth academy, Mendes played a key role as the club ended their 19-year title drought last season.

Danilo Pereira (FC Porto) 15 million euro

Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) free

Achraf Hakimi (Inter) 55 million euro

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) free

Donnarumma (AC Milan) free

Leo Messi (FC Barcelona) free

FOOTBALL - FRENCH CHAMP - L1 - REIMS v PARIS SGLionel Messi during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between Stade de Reims and Paris Saint-Germain on August 29, 2021 at Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims, France

Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP) loan

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David Alaba (FC Bayern) free

Eduoardo Camavinga (Rennes) 30 million euro

The departure of Leo Messi was one of the key summer stories with the Argentine being forced to move to PSG with the ongoing financial complications at the Catalan club. There was a frantic end to deadline day at the Camp Nou offices too as Antoine Griezmann's return to Atletico Madrid was officially confirmed.

Sergio Aguero (Man City) free

Eric Garcia (Man City) free

Memphis Depay (Lyon) free

Emerson (Betis) 8 million euro

Luuk de Jong (Sevilla) loan

In a busy summer that had earlier seen the return to the Premier League for Lukaku (Inter-Chelsea) and Jadon Sancho (Dortmund-Man United), last week's confirmation of Ronaldo's move back to United being complete was the biggest story of the summer day in England's top flight. It also paved the way for the Red Devils to sell Daniel James, who moved to Leeds United.

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Arsenal blocked Everton's attempts to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles, though Hector Bellerin did leave the Gunners to head to Real Betis on loan. Mikel Arteta's Gunners completed their record-breaking transfer window (in terms of overall spend) with the acquisition of Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. Earlier in the day, Arsenal loaned out Reiss Nelson and Alex Runarsson.

Their north London rivals Tottenham completed the signing of Emerson from Barca, with Serge Aurier's time at Spurs subsequently being brought to an end by the mutual termination of his contract.

Everton's hunt for a right-back was to no avail. The Toffees did bring in Salomon Rondon on a free transfer, handing the forward a two-year deal with an option for a third. James Rodriguez was involved in a mooted part-exchange deal with Porto for Luis Diaz, but the Colombian star is staying put.

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Manchester City rounded off their dealings by sending out seven players on loan. Among them was Patrick Roberts, who was one of three players to join Ligue 1 club Troyes.

Wolves were unable to complete deals for Kieffer Moore or Boubacar Kamara. A late offer from Spurs for Adama Traore was reportedly rejected.

Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral joined West Ham on loan from Spartak Moscow. He was the Hammers' second signing of the day, with Croatia playmaker Nikola Vlasic having arrived early on.

There were two outgoings at Celtic. Scotland international Ryan Christie signed for Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace bought striker Odsonne Edouard for a reported £15m. The Hoops replaced him with Greece forward Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Ben White: Arsenal (Brighton: 55 million euro)

Lukaku: Chelsea (Inter: 100 million euro)

Saúl: Chelsea (Atletico Madrid: loan)

Konaté: Liverpool (RB Leipzig: 40 million euro)

Jack Grealish: Man City (Aston Villa: 110 million euro)

Jadon Sancho: Man United (Dortmund: 80 million euro)

Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United (Juventus: 20 million euro)

Bryan Gil: Tottenham (Sevilla: 25 million euro)

Emerson: Tottenham (Barcelona: 30 million euro)

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