Arsenal fans loved Martin Odegaard nutmegging Raphael Varane during their big win over Manchester United on Saturday. In the current season Raphael Varane scored 0 goals. The France international, 30, left Atletico for Barca in a €120m deal in 2019, but he struggled to live up to expectations at Camp Nou, scoring 22 league goals in two seasons. During his deliberations, when he was trying to decide whether to join Barcelona, Maillot rétro – Fort Maillot his thought process broadcast on a documentary called « The Decision, » an obsession was revealed: to win the Champions League. That Griezmann was good, yeah, and there could be no faulting his attitude, but he was not that good. Laporta also said « he could have given more. » That was opportunistic — self-justifying, too — but not entirely unjust. And now, with Messi going, perhaps he could become one, responsibility his; the reward, too. The centre-back, a World Cup winner in 2018, will become United’s third summer signing following the arrival of England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m and the free transfer of goalkeeper Tom Heaton. There’s lots of talk about what Manchester City are looking to do in the transfer market this summer. Juventus, finally, are working to keep their stars.
His 2016/17 season, his fifth at Spurs, got off to a frustrating start as a hamstring injury forced him off in the first half of our opening-day draw at Everton, but he returned to make 34 league starts and keep 15 clean sheets – only missing out on a share of the Premier League’s Golden Gloves award by one shutout. The team he left behind are league champions and that Messi question has always been there, that sense of place, of fit. There is no fee for at least two years, but Barcelona still had €72m in amortisation remaining on Griezmann’s signing and letting him go will save them a total figure, once bonuses are factored in, not that far off €20m a year. Varane’s technical and physical ability can’t be doubted, but there is something about the current environment at Old Trafford that sees world class players shrink. He had joined maybe the only club in the world where the man playing in his position — off the right, off the front — was better than him, maybe the best player there has ever been.
More than that, beyond the goals, the stats, and the metrics by which to measure him there’s something less tangible, the inescapable feeling that he didn’t really fit. “We haven’t had the players quick enough to do that in the centre-back areas. He was never truly able to find himself, right to the end, and didn’t get all that much help in doing so. One manager effectively told him he had to get on with it; just do it. He had lost a final and, he clearly feared, a one-off opportunity with Atletico; at Barcelona, he would get another chance. And, well, as the old line has it: it’s the economy, stupid. It’s not that bad, but it’s not that good. If you see something that doesn’t look right in this article, please place your comment or contact us! “It all took place in Japan. And he knew it — all too well.
In the two years he was there, European elimination has come with an 8-2 defeat against Bayern and a 5-1 aggregate loss against PSG. At 17 years and 303 days, he became the third youngest player in the history of the national team. He had joined them for a huge fee, and he’d done so instead of Neymar, the man Messi kept saying he wanted. It cost Madrid just €6million to sign Casemiro from Sao Paolo in 2013. Not bad for arguably the best defensive midfielder in world football. At least not an unqualified one. He has won just one trophy: the Copa del Rey. The Barcelona president Joan Laporta said this week that Griezmann was « not the player we needed, » just at the point at which he might have been. Not as good as it should have been. While Memphis Depay seemed not to care what or who had gone before, determined to take control, to step centre-stage and fill that void, Griezmann hadn’t yet managed a shot on target. They may also believe that they’ve finally cut their losses in purely footballing terms, that it was time to let go. In addition to Griezmann, Barca also let go Ilaix Moriba and Emerson Royal on Tuesday.