Antoine Griezmann could make shock deadline day transfer return to Atletico Madrid with Joao Felix going to Barcelona

BARCELONA forward Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a shock return to Atletico Madrid with Joao Felix going the other way.

The French ace has failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp two years after departing the Wanda Metropolitano.

He has scored just 35 times in 102 games in all competitions, with the 30-year-old without a goal or assist from his three starts this term.

The 2018 World Cup winner was in talks with Atletico earlier in the summer in a swap deal with Saul Niguez, but the potential deal collapsed.

But according to Mundo Deportivo, there is a small chance he could yet link up with Diego Simeone's side.

That move will only materialise should Joao Felix head to Catalonia, with the Spanish news outlet stating his agent Jorge Mendes is looking for a solution for him.

Centre-forward Felix – currently out with an ankle injury – scored just seven top-flight goals last term from 31 games as Atletico won LaLiga.

It has been stated that Felix, 21, could be behind the likes of Matheus Cunha, Angel Correa, Luis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco when he returns to action.


However Mundo Deportivo have declared that Atletico would be reluctant to let the Portugal international leave.

As it stands, a potential swap deal between Griezmann and Felix is unlikely, though it has been said that it cannot be fully ruled out.

Griezmann was subject to jeers from Barca supporters during their 2-1 win against Getafe on Sunday.

Commenting on the reaction from the fans, boss Ronald Koeman remarked: "As a manager, I can't understand whistling our own player.

"You could whistle him if he had a bad attitude or didn't work hard, but Antoine had other difficulties in the game.

"He wasn't as fortunate as we could hope, but it's just one game.

"I can ask him for four goals… but we have not created chances for him, either. In addition, in the second half we lost the ball a lot."

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