Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Koeman reveals player to replace Messi
Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, is banking on Antoine Griezmann to fill the spot left by Lionel Messi’s departure.
Messi signed for Paris Saint-Germain after he failed to agree fresh terms with Barca.
His departure leaves Griezmann as the highest-paid player at the Camp Nou.
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Ahead of their LaLiga opening fixture against Real Sociedad on Sunday, Koeman believes the France forward will “take a step forward”, although he admits the club has to spend on a new striker.
He said: “We need to sign a new striker, if possible. And I want to say, I love Antoine Griezmann.
“Griezmann has to take a step forward now and I understand that he can occupy a position like Messi’s and it’s an advantage for him.”