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With Atletico Madrid’s £113m deal to signal Joao Felix anticipated to have an enormous have an effect on on the remainder of the market, Spanish soccer knowledgeable Dermot Corrigan explains what it means for Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Felix grew to become the fifth most costly participant of all time this week and was additionally handed Antoine Griezmann’s No 7 shirt on the Wanda Metropolitano.
The massive-money deal is about to have ramifications throughout Europe as Barcelona plan a blockbuster double deal for Neymar and Griezmann, Frank Lampard tries to kind out the Chelsea way forward for Alvaro Morata and Manchester United are linked to 2 Atleti stars.
Talking on the most recent version of the Switch Discuss podcast, Corrigan answered some urgent questions across the futures of Neymar, Griezmann, Morata, Jan Oblak and others.
Now Felix is Atleti’s No 7, is Griezmann to Barcelona a formality?
“It is a tremendous fascinating one and an actual dilemma. Atletico are giving Felix the No 7 shirt as a little bit of a message to Griezmann saying ‘we have moved on and we do not need to see you once more’, principally.
“However he’s nonetheless below contract and his launch clause nonetheless must be paid.
“The discuss within the Spanish media is that as a result of Griezmann’s launch clause dropped from €200m to €120m on July 1, Atletico really feel that Barcelona could legally be required to pay the upper quantity as a result of they really feel they could have signed paperwork or negotiated with Griezmann earlier than that date. We’re not positive but what the timings had been.
“The sensation I obtained from Atletico is that they’ll play hardball with this. They don’t seem to be pleased with how Griezmann has carried out himself and can attempt to get as a lot cash for him as potential.
“It appears unlikely they’ll go right into a long-term limbo. The relationships between all events is just not good.
“The sporting vp at Barcelona resigned this week, Bartomeu the president has taken over his duties, and he was personally concerned in getting Griezmann.”
Would Griezmann to Barcelona rule out a Neymar return?
“That’s what I assumed. However speaking to individuals round Barcelona, the membership really feel they’ll push the boat out and signal each of them and make an enormous assertion in rebuilding their crew and ahead line fully, together with Messi behind them.
“It will contain numerous wheeling and dealing to lift the funds to afford each of them. Perhaps there’s a means Barca can do a take care of PSG and never pay the whole price up entrance.
“PSG look like they need to transfer on from Neymar to give attention to Kylian Mbappe.
“It seems outlandish that Barcelona would be able to spend all that money on two strikers in one transfer window but I am told that is what they want and are aiming to do.”
How would they start to afford each?
“It is typically acknowledged that Barcelona overspent on each [Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele] with all the cash they recouped within the Neymar to PSG deal.
“If Barca might get even near the cash again that they spent for them, they may go for that.
“There may be discuss PSG might go for Coutinho, however his agent has performed down that concept.
“In a perfect world they transfer these two guys out and produce Neymar and Griezmann in and steadiness the books that means.”
Will Morata return to Chelsea below Lampard?
“It is a powerful one, these sorts of offers involving Atletico are often very complicated. Even the deal to deliver Morata from Chelsea to Atletico was complicated.
“I assume Atletico’s favoured place could be to maintain him on mortgage for an additional 12 months. The issue is that Chelsea are wanting strikers and might’t signal anybody due to their ban.
“If Lampard needed to deliver him again he might do , if that had been to occur, then Atletico must pay €55m with the intention to signal him completely.
“They would prefer not to do that. Talks are going on between the two clubs, both are very keen negotiators. Atleti would prefer not to have to think about it this summer.”
“[The transfer ban] makes Chelsea extra probably to return for Morata.
“It will depend on what Lampard thinks and the way he desires to set his crew up and what number of centre forwards he wants.
“Morata had some personal issues towards the end that did not help him settle down in London. He’s still seen as a top striker in Spain.”
What’s the chance of Saul Niguez leaving Atleti for Man Utd?
“I assume that’s actually, actually unlikely. You’ll be able to by no means say by no means however talking to somebody who may be very near him I was advised nothing is going on.
“He is all the time concerned in hypothesis and could be an excellent signing for United. Whether or not Pogba goes or not he could be nice signing. However I’m advised there is no such thing as a probability.
“Him and Koke are being seen as their two pillars of this new side. They are close to Simeone and know what the club is about.”
Will Jan Oblak depart?
“He isn’t joyful. What I have heard is that when he signed his new contract just a few months in the past he was advised ‘don’t be concerned about it, some gamers will depart however we’ll get prime gamers in’.
“Oblak sees himself as one of many world’s prime goalkeepers and desires to win leagues and Champions Leagues. Atletico have been slightly below that for many of his time in Spain.
“It might typically be tough for goalkeepers, a specialist place, to search out new golf equipment.
“A lot would possibly rely on David De Gea’s state of affairs at Manchester United. It appears like he’s most probably to signal a brand new contract at Previous Trafford and keep, which might imply that Oblak would not have the ability to go there.
“Paris Saint-Germain can also be a risk however additionally they have been fascinated about Keylor Navas, who could be cheaper however is probably not nearly as good a participant. It will depend on PSG’s funds too.
“Oblak is ready for different issues to fall into place. His launch clause is €100m at it is laborious to see Atletico letting him go for lower than that.”