Glance around at the summer spending of European clubs this summer, and one thing will jump out at you.
After years of financial domination by the Premier League, it’s the Spanish clubs who have leapt into a healthy lead this summer. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico are all going through pretty serious rebuilds this summer, sending ripples through the transfer market as their spending between them rushes towards £1bn, as outlined here by Forbes.
Barcelona have added Antoine Griezmann to their front line, as well as Frenkie de Jong to midfield. That’s why Chelsea fans can’t be getting excited about the return of the rumours in places like the Daily Express this week that the Catalan side are still keen on signing the Brazilian.
Clearly he’s a long term target for them, but we won’t be selling this summer because of our transfer ban. And by next summer, he will be a year older, a year closer to the end of his contract, and Barcelona will still have a very strong forward line.
We would never rule out for the former Shakhtar man, who is clearly popular among the Nou Camp scouts, but unless we see a special season from him this time round, we think this train may sadly have come and gone with the offers we turned down in the last 12 months, such as this one cited by Sky Sports.