Antoine Griezmann reacts to Neymar transfer story as Barcelona attempt to seal PSG deal

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Antoine Griezmann has dismissed suggestions he’s worried about his place in the Barcelona starting XI if Neymar returns to the club.

Barcelona are in the process of trying to lure the Brazil international back to the Nou Camp from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The Catalans have reportedly tabled two bids for the Brazil international, both of which have been rejected.

According to reports, the Spanish champions are preparing to launch a third offer for the Samba star, which is said to be loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer.

Neymar’s potential return to Catalunya has raised questions over Griezmann’s place in Barcelona’s starting XI.

French outlet RMC have claimed the World Cup winner is concerned the 27-year-old’s return will have an adverse effect on his game time.

Griezmann hasn’t taken kindly to that claim and took to Twitter to emphatically deny it.

The France international did so with a six-word tweet responding to their report, which read: “Uh how do you know?”

Despite splashing out a jaw-dropping £200million to acquire his services, PSG are willing to part company with Neymar this summer.

They will, however, not let him leave the Parc des Princes until a suitable replacement has been lined up.

“He won’t go without a replacement, it’s not possible,” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said of Neymar. “It’s obvious.

“If he does end up staying, we will have a player who can win one-on-ones.

“He wasn’t there in the Super Cup or against Nimes either. All of the questions are about him but he isn’t the problem.

“At the moment, he won’t play because he hasn’t trained with the rest. The risk of injury is too high.”

Should Barcelona be successful in their second pursuit of Neymar, manager Ernesto Valverde will face a difficult task integrating him into the starting XI along with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann.

Barca legend Rivaldo disagrees with that notion, recently telling Betfair: “Messi-Suarez-Neymar-Griezmann would be fantastic for Barcelona.

“An attack with these four players would be spectacular and I think it’s possible to accommodate them all.

“It would be just a question of preparing a good system in training to make it possible.

“I don’t see a problem in playing with this Fantastic Four at the same time.

“Barcelona tend to have about 75 per-cent of ball possession in a game, so they spent most of their time in offensive tasks and having these four players would be sensational.”

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