It promises to be a very long summer at Real Madrid, where they rub their hands waiting for the small flame that could ‘ignite’ the sporting project at Paris Saint-Germain. It doesn’t matter if Neymar or Kylian Mbappe is the spark to kick-start the inferno, but at Madrid they know they need a star which energizes the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu once again, although perhaps it isn’t necessary to look as far as France.
Why not Griezmann? Barcelona signing the French forward no longer seems as clear as a result of the Blaugrana‘s difficult end to the campaign and, as such, Los Blancos have another great opportunity. They could sign Griezmann for 120 million euros, whilst any deal with PSG would reach at least double this figure, perhaps even triple. He guarantees 15 to 20 goals per season, although would split opinion due to his past with Atletico Madrid.
There is also the point about his salary, of course, which would need to be lowered, something he would have accepted with Barcelona. This would be the only sticking point in a hypothetical negotiation. In it, Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane should play their best tricks by offering huge bonuses for performances on the pitch in order to offset the amount of guaranteed salary. It would be less money up front, naturally, but it would make sure that Griezmann would be a big player for the 13-time kings of Europe.
In purely footballing terms, his versatility in attack would allow him to adapt perfectly to the (predictable) Zidane system. Hazard on the left, Griezmann on the right and Benzema as a central point would make for a feared trident.
It’s true that Griezmann is neither a benchmark player or a prolific goalscorer, he’s neither Mbappe or Neymar, but he’s a player who makes the difference. He’s hungry for titles, supportive of his teammates and wants to do something important for whichever club he’s at.
Market prices are skyrocketing, as has been seen with Luka Jovic. He’s a player with a promising future, yes, and is different from Griezmann, but Eintracht Frankfurt are asking for almost 100 million euros. That said, would it not be that ‘The Little Prince’ would actually be fairly cheap?