09 July 2019 at 08:15 am
We’ve come a long way in the proud tradition of industrial action in order to secure more favourable working conditions. Nick Miller wonders about Neymar and Antoine Griezmann…
TUESDAY’S BIG STORIES
Strike! Strike! Strike for Barca!
The Warm-Up would just like to state, absolutely for the record, that we have no evidence to suggest that FC Barcelona – symbol of Catalan national pride, mes que un club, representation of something good and pure – is deliberately telling its transfer targets to stay away from training with their current clubs, in order to force through a move. Absolutely no evidence. We cannot confirm that at all. Nor would we want to.
However it is a bit of a coincidence, even the most fervent Barca backer would admit, that both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann are on the naughty step with PSG and Atletico Madrid respectively, after they failed to show up for their first day of pre-season training with their employers, with talk of moves to Catalunya very much in the air.
Atletico have apparently ‘opened disciplinary proceedings’ against Griezmann, which is relatively laughable when you think about what they could possibly to do punish a multi-millionaire who wants to leave and they need the money.
Meanwhile PSG have been slightly more accommodating to their own wayward boy, basically saying the foot-stamping has worked a treat and he can leave if he finds someone dumb en…sorry, rich enough to stump up the cash.
It’s all very undignified, and ultimately it leaves us hoping for a touch of schadenfreude: either Barca end up getting neither player and all this was for nothing, or they buy both, find no way of fitting them all in their side and it banjaxes their season completely.