JOAO HAD ALREADY SAID "YES" TO BARÇA
The person who prevented Joao Félix from ending up at Barça for Griezmann
Published:2/09/2021 - 08:06h
Updated:2/09/2021 - 10:08h
FC Barcelona tried to take over Joao Félix before the market closed through a transfer and a barter for Griezmann. The Portuguese and the French agreed to the operation, but Gil Marín, CEO of the mattress club, flatly refused
"There is not any option that Joao go out. Has to adapt . The day that hit his takeoff will be one of the most important in the planet football. The players are not machines, have good and bad days. It will give a lot of afternoons of glory in this club". These words of three months ago of Enrique Cerezo, president of the Athletic of Madrid, seemed descartar completely the hypothetical arrival of Joao Félix to the FC Barcelona.
However, in spite of these statements, was not the mandator colchonero who closed the door of the Barça to the Portuguese in the 'intentona' of the Barcelona before the closing of the past market. First, the culés commanded an offer to the picture rojiblanco asking the cession of the luso for this season. Afterwards, from the Camp Nou tried that the leading youngster arrived by means of a barter by Antoine Griezmann, but the answer went back to be the same, "impossible".
The ex of the Benfica had accepted the offer and was had to play in the Barcelona, whereas 'Grizzy' also was loved with the operation. The Cholo Simeone also was had to lose to Joao to receive to the French and Ronald Koeman gave his seen well to the exchange. Nevertheless, in the Atleti there was somebody of a lot of weight that denied to the deal and that threw it everything for backwards.
As it informs the newspaper 'SPORT', seems that it was Jesús Gil Marín, Adviser Delegated of the group colchonero and one of his owners, the one who refused the proposal of the Barça to exchange to the two forwards. The leader rojiblanco did not want to reinforce to one of his big rivals with a young footballer and with a lot of potential. The son of Jesús Gil had fear that in the Camp Nou the Portuguese exploded all his qualities and therefore it said "no".
It fits to say that Simeone does not seem to have him in high esteem, since it is a player to the that costs him adapt to his tactical diagrams and to his idea of game. In the second half of the past campaign was acting usual and in the current, with the arrival of Griezmann, seems that it will be it still with more reason. However, in spite of this, Gil Marín did not want to risk 'giving him' to the Barcelona, since his quality is unquestionable.
Economically the Atleti would have lost with the barter
Besides, perhaps the leader of the Athletic also thought in the value of market of one and another. In this case, the one of Joao is of 20 greater millions that the one of the 'Principito', by what so that to the Madrilenian went out them to account the barter in the economic section the Barça would have to have added money. The plan of the culés was not that and looked for an exchange 'to peel', by what did not seduce at all to the Adviser Delegated.