Lionel Messi has welcomed the idea of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, who he called “one of the best players at the moment,” joining him at the Camp Nou.
Antoine Griezmann, 27, has been widely linked with a €100 million switch to Barca this summer, and Messi told RAC 1 radio after a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Sunday that it was normal for a player of Griezmann’s class to join Barca, but he could not say for sure whether the move would happen.
“Obviously, I like Griezmann,” Messi said. “He is one of the best players at the moment. There is a lot of talk about it, but I don’t know if he is coming or not. We are used to the best players coming here, and Griezmann is one of the best.”
According to AS, Messi has also called Griezmann to let him know that he would be welcome in the dressing room should he decide to move to Barcelona.
Griezmann, meanwhile, was whistled by some Atletico fans as he came on as a substitute in the 2-2 draw at home against Eibar on Saturday, with teammate Diego Godin leaving the bench to tell them to instead cheer a player who has contributed 29 goals and 15 assists as they won the Europa League and finished above neighbours Real Madrid in La Liga for just the second time in two decades.