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Barcelona to offer Griezmann or Dembele in Matthijs de Ligt swap deal?

Barcelona to offer Griezmann or Dembele in De Ligt swap deal?
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Barcelona are reportedly willing to include Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembele in a swap deal for Matthijs de Ligt, but Juventus have no interest in a sale.

Barcelona are reportedly willing to include Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembele as part of a deal for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Juve won the race to sign De Ligt from Ajax in 2019, although the Netherlands international is still thought to be Barcelona's primary defensive target for the upcoming window.

The cash-strapped Catalans are facing debts of up to €1bn (£859m) and are prioritising the signings of free agents such as Eric Garcia, but president Joan Laporta supposedly has his sights set on a deal for De Ligt.

According to Le 10 Sport, Barca are keen to see De Ligt link up with former Ajax teammate and compatriot Frenkie de Jong at Camp Nou, but a straight cash sum for the defender is not feasible.

As a result, Griezmann or Dembele - the latter of whom is yet to commit to a new contract - could be included to drive the price down, but Juve supposedly have no interest in any bids for De Ligt.

De Ligt turned out 36 times for Juventus in all competitions last season, but a groin injury prevented him from playing in the Netherlands' 3-2 win over Ukraine during their opening fixture of Euro 2020 on Sunday.

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