Rumour Has It: Barcelona to offer Griezmann to PSG in Neymar deal

By Sports Desk April 02, 2020

Barcelona are prepared to use Antoine Griezmann in a deal to land Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar, 28, has constantly been linked with a return to Camp Nou, but ended up staying at PSG during the last close season.

It seems Barcelona will pursue the Brazil international again and they may be prepared to offer Griezmann in a deal.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA TO OFFER GRIEZMANN TO PSG IN NEYMAR DEAL

Despite it proving such an ordeal to sign Griezmann in the first place, Barca will try to use him as a makeweight in a deal to land Neymar, according to Sky Sports.

The report says the Spanish giants are prepared to let Griezmann go just one season after signing him from Atletico Madrid, as they reportedly also target Inter forward Lautaro Martinez.

Barca will try to sell the forward elsewhere if PSG are not interested, the story claims, with the Frenchman underwhelming since his switch to Camp Nou.

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- Liverpool are apparently preparing for a battle with Germany. The Mirror reports Germany see Jurgen Klopp – contracted at Anfield until 2024 – as a successor to coach Joachim Low.

Manchester United remain interested in Erling Haaland. ESPN claims the Premier League club are again ready to compete for the forward's services with Real Madrid if the Norway international decides to leave Borussia Dortmund.

- Will Gareth Bale remain at Real Madrid? The Mirror suggests the Wales international is ready to fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu despite his differences with coach Zinedine Zidane.

Saul Niguez is apparently wanted in the Premier League. AS says Man United are willing to pay around £71million (€80m) for the Atletico midfielder, who has a release clause of £132.5m (€150m).

Barcelona may be prepared to sell players this close season, but Arthur will not be among them. Sport reports the Spanish champions see the midfielder as a key player. Meanwhile, it is also claimed Gent star Jonathan David has been offered to the Blaugrana.

Juventus have reportedly secured the futures of two players. Rai Sport understands Blaise Matuidi has extended his contract with Juve until 2021, while Marko Pjaca – who is on loan at Anderlecht – has agreed to a deal until 2023.

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    It's fair to say that we've already had a few surprises (for the fantasy football world, at least) this season, with Manchester United players barely making a splash at home to Crystal Palace (looking at you, Bruno Fernandes), Liverpool shipping three to promoted Leeds United on day one and Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the scoring chart.

    Everything's been all over the place – you need as much help as you can get, and hopefully that's where we can help.

    Using Opta data, here are a few tips that might enable you get back on track, or even – for those of you lucky enough – build on an emphatic start…

    RUI PATRICIO

    Despite the disappointing 3-1 defeat to Manchester City, Wolves appear set for another encouraging season, having seemingly recruited well and retained most of their key players.

    Among those is Rui Patricio, who is second only to Ederson (0.45) in terms of goals conceded per game (0.82) since the Premier League resumed in June, while the Portugal international's six clean sheets in that time is also the second best in the division.

    Up next for Wolves is a trip to West Ham, who have lost both of their first two games of the season, scoring just one goal in the process.

    MICHAEL KEANE

    Goal-scoring perhaps isn't a key factor for many when considering which defenders to choose in their fantasy team, but picking one who has a habit of finding the net can give you the edge.

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    RAUL JIMENEZ

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    GABRIEL JESUS

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    List of country’s suspended

     

    Country - Azerbaijan

    Date - 15 April 2003 - 23 May 2003

    Reason - External pressure, violations of

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    Outcome - Parties agreed to respect a FIFA

    moderated agreement

     

    Country - Antigua and

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    Date - 20 May 2003 - 29 June 2005

    Reason - Non-specified

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    Country - Guatemala

    Date - 9 Jan. 2004 - 17 May 2004

    Reason - Governmental interference: FA and

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    Country - Kenya

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    Country – Macau

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    Country -Yemen

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    Country – Iran

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    Country - Kuwait

    Date - 29 Oct. 2007 - 20 Dec. 2008

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    amendment of FA’s statutes

     

    Country - Albania

    Date -14 March 2008 - 26 April 2008

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    proceedings against new FA

    statutes

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    creation of a working-group

     

    Country - Madagascar

    Date - 19 March 2008 - 19 May 2008 Governmental interference:

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    declared decree null and void,

    re-installment of FA

     

    Country - Chad

    Date - 28 March 2008 - 7 May 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference:

    Government replaced FA

    officials and intended to hold

    new elections

    Outcome - Decree revoked, reinstallation of

    elected FA officials

     

    Country - Iraq

    Date - 26 May 2008 - 29 May 2008

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    all sport organizations

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    decree

     

    Country – Ethiopia

    Date - 29 July 2008 – July 22 2009

    Reason - Governmental interference:

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    non-compliance with FIFA

    roadmap

    Outcome - New leaders elected for the country's soccer federation.

     

    Country – Samoa

    Date - 24 Oct. 2008 - 20 Dec. 2008

    Reason -Repeated management problems

    Outcome - Resolved

     

    Country - Peru

    Date - 25 Nov. 2008 - 20 Dec. 2008

    Reason -Governmental interference:

    Non-specified

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    Country - Brunei Darussalam

    Date -29 Sept. 2009 - 1 June 2011 Governmental interference:

    Dissolution of FA and creation

    of new government-controlled

    body

    Outcome - FIFA’s conditions fulfilled and

    statues amended according to

    FIFA Statutes

     

    Country - Iraq

    Date - 20 Nov. 2009 - 19 March 2010

    Reason - Governmental interference: Government

    controlled NOC dissolved FA

    Outcome - Dissolution of FA withdrawn

     

    Country - El Salvador

    Date - 11 May 2010 - 27 May 2010

    Reason - Governmental interference: Government

    did not accept FIFA’s normalization

    committee and new FA statutes

    Outcome - Legitimacy of normalization

    committee and new statutes

    recognized

     

    Country – Nigeria

    Date - 4 Oct. 2010 - 8 Oct. 2010

    Reason - Governmental interference: Court actions

    against FA officials, government

    forced resignation of officials,

    government started league without

    relegation from previous season

    Outcome - Suspension provisionally lifted

    after claimant withdrew legal

    actions and FA leadership and

    FA control over league were

    reinstalled

     

    Country – Bosnia

    Date -1 April 2011 1 - Jun 2011

     Reason - Mismanagement due to ethnic

    divisions

    Outcome - FA statutes amended according to

    FIFA’s demands

     

    Country - Belize

    17 June 2011 7- July 2011

    Reason - Failure of government to provide

    security for national team matches

    Outcome - Suspension provisionally lifted

    due to positive developments,

    match played outside Belize

     

    Country – Cameroon

    Date - 4 July 2013 - 22 July 2013

    Reason - Governmental interference: Government refused to accept results of FA

    elections

    Outcome - New elections organized, finally

    reinstallation of elected FA officials

     

    Country – Nigeria  

    Jul 9, 2014 - Jul 18, 2014

    Reason – Government interference:

    Court proceedings and an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF executive committee members, and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football

    Outcome – Orders rescinded

     

    Country – Kuwait

    Date - Oct 16, 2015 - Dec 6, 2017

    Reason – Government interference

    Outcome – Gulf state's parliament adopted a law meant to end government interference in the sport.

     

    Country - Guatemala

    Date – Oct 28, 2016 - May 31, 2018

    Reason – Government interference: Local authorities had intervened with Normalisation Committee

    Outcome – Normalisation Committee recognized

     

    Country - Sierra Leone

    Date - Oct 5, 2018 - Jun 3, 2019

    Reason - Government interference.

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    Outcome – Resolved

     

    Country – Trinidad and Tobago

    Date – September 24, 2020 – Unknown

    Reason – Refusal to acknowledge normalization committee by the previous board.  Issue was taken to High Court.

    Outcome - Unknown

     

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