The club tried to sign the French on summer and his decision still hurts Barça's directors
Barça is visiting Atlético Madrid on Saturday in a great match for the leadership of LaLiga. The home team have problems in their back line with Diego Godín and José Giménez injured. However, their man, their best player is ready: Antoine Griezmann. But, the story could be different if on summer he had taken another decision.
The club met Griezmann and his manager in order to agree with the contract clauses. Everyone agreed and Barça was able to pay 100 million in July 1st. The French was expecting to play in the Camp Nou next to Leo Messi. However, everything changed when Diego Simeone and Diego Godín visited him on April and convinced Griezmann to stay in Madrid.
However, Barça's president Josep Maria Bartomeu was called by Griezmann to confirm that the club was interested in him. But, the French changed his mind without informing Barça and then he published the documentary 'The Decision' and he revealed that he renewed his contract with Atlético Madrid.
Everything could change between April and June, Griezmann could be on Saturday wearing Barça's shirt and facing for the first time Atlético Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Finally, things have not changed and Barça is visiting Atlético as always: with Leo Messi and Luis Suárez as forwards.