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Joan Laporta Admits 'There's a Market' for Antoine Griezmann Amid Exit Rumours

Ali Shibil Roshan
Joan Laporta
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FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted Antoine Griezmann has attracted transfer interests, but insisted they are counting on the Frenchman unless circumstances change.

Griezmann has, in recent weeks, been heavily linked with an exit from Barcelona, with the Catalan outfit desperately looking to slash their wage bill and balance the books.

Griezmann is among a number of players the Catalan outfit are said to be looking to offload this summer, and a return to his former side Atletico Madrid in a swap deal that would see Saul Niguez join Barcelona was mooted recently, though the latter seems to have pulled the plug on it.

Laporta said Barcelona are happy with Griezmann, but also confessed 'there's a market' for the 30-year-old.

"Griezmann is a Barca player, he has a contract with the club until 2024 and, unless circumstances change, we are counting on him," Laporta told media [via Goal] at the official unveiling of Memphis Depay as a Barcelona player.

"There have been some movements on the market and we can't deny that there's been interest in him. That's a sign of his quality.

"It's a special market and you have to use your imagination, perhaps thinking in swap deals, but we value Antoine a lot. The club made a big investment in him and we are happy with him.

"It's not easy for a club to come in with an offer for a player at his level. But the transfer window is just getting started and there's a market for Griezmann.

"If things start moving, we're open to all proposals because we're in a delicate moment financially and we have to balance the books to comply with the league's financial fair play rules."