By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 17th July 2019
Barcelona are once more 10/11 favourites to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann before the end of the transfer window, having briefly been overtaken by Paris Saint-Germain.
The La Liga kingpins have been near omnipresent frontrunners to sign the Frenchman ever since he agonised over, before ultimately rejecting, a move to Camp Nou last summer.
However, PSG briefly took over at the head of the betting after reports that an unforgiving Blaugrana dressing room had effectively vetoed the 28-year-old’s signing.
‘La Decision’ fallout continues to muddy the waters
The World-Cup-winning frontman famously fretted over whether or not to swap Madrid for Barcelona a year ago, with his thought process filmed for a documentary series named ‘La Decision’.
His ultimate decision to sign a new contract with Diego Simeone’s side, only to announce his departure a season down the line, reportedly angered some Barca players.
📰 [SPORT] | Griezmann now points to PSG:
🔶 The rejection on his signing in the locker room and among the Barça fans would have made him take the decision.
🔷 Barça having cooled their interest, is already working on alternatives: Rodrigo, Neymar and Rashford. pic.twitter.com/KbDuCwUsQj
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) June 9, 2019
Spanish daily Sport’s Albert Masnou reports Griezmann to be ‘persona non grata’ among the current Camp Nou roster, a feeling they’ve made clear to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Having made efforts to welcome the former Real Sociedad man to Catalunya last term, said players are reportedly deeply affronted by his subsequent about-face – hence what’s described as an unprecedented move on their behalf.
Furthermore, a poll by the paper found the 67% of the club’s fans were against the signing.
PSG understood to be on the hunt for Cavani replacement
Edinson Cavani’s contract situation at the Parc des Princes offers further credence to a move for Griezmann, who is rumoured to have already met with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Uruguayan, 32, is approaching the final year of his contract in Paris and now represents the time to cash in on him for a club that has had its fair share of Financial Fair Play scrutiny.
However, Le Parisien were cynical about the switch, with the striker having previously announced that he already knew which side he intended to sign for, but couldn’t reveal his choice until July.
The implication being that he had long since set his heart on the move to Barcelona, with the player reported in various outlets to be willing to accept a wage cut to move to Camp Nou.
After briefly touching odds-on favouritism in the Griezmann transfer betting, PSG are back out to 6/5 to hold his registration come the close of the transfer window.