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Antoine Griezmann linked with ridiculous Joao Felix swap deal

Tom Gott
An Antoine Griezmann/Joao Felix swap deal is doing the rounds
An Antoine Griezmann/Joao Felix swap deal is doing the rounds / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona are open to the idea of selling French forward Antoine Griezmann this summer, but one report from Spain has taken that a little too far by claiming the chance to send him back to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Joao Felix is on the table.

Griezmann has improved this year but is still yet to hit the heights expected of him following his £107m move to Camp Nou in 2019, and with Barcelona desperate to raise some money to rejuvenate their squad, the idea of selling Griezmann has not been ruled out.

Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona are open to selling Griezmann / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

That part of the story is a fact. However, take a trip over to fantasy land and you'll find a report from Sport which suggests that Atletico want Griezmann back so much that they are prepared to swap him directly for £113m teenager Felix.

If that's not ridiculous enough for you, how about the suggestion that Barcelona have actually rejected that?

Yep, this story wants you to believe that a rebuilding Barcelona side have rejected the chance to sign one of the best young players in world football in exchange for an ageing forward they don't even really want anymore.

Joao Felix
Felix has impressed for Atletico this year / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

The idea of this Felix/Griezmann swap has been around for a while and recently returned to the headlines thanks to Esport3, but a key difference with this report is that they say Barcelona would actually want Felix.

That's all well and good, but can we stop pretending that Atletico would ever contemplate doing this deal anyway?

Unsurprisingly, AS are having none of this craziness, giving us the summary we all expected anyway: Griezmann is for sale if the right offer comes in, and Atletico would be keen, but they are never going to offer up Felix in exchange.

If you're still not convinced, just look at these quotes from Atleti president Enrique Cerezo.

Enrique Cerezo
Cerezo is having none of it / Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images

"[Griezmann] is a magnificent player, hopefully he comes back to Atleti, but I don't think Barcelona want to sell him," he told Cadena SER.

"Options for Felix to leave? There are none. The day he takes off, he will be one of the most important players on the planet."

Can we all just forget this ever happened?

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