Xavi cautions Barcelona on potential Griezmann signing
Barcelona legend Xavi says the club should first consult with the players before going for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
The World Cup winner was heavily linked with a move to Barca last season but eventually announced in a televised documentary he would stay at Atletico Madrid a move which Xavi believes "hurt" the club.
Griezmann, who has spent the last five years at the capital club, confirmed his intentions to leave the club this summer and Barcelona are yet again front-runners for his signature.
"I understand it hurt what he did last summer," Xavi said to Spanish outlet AS Sport.
"If the reason for the rejection [from Barca players] was only a footballing issue, I'd speak with the dressing room to make them see he's a player who can bring something.
"We have to see, however, who is signing him? The sporting director? Valverde? The president? If I came to Barca I would ask for the signings, and if the dressing room doesn't agree with any of them I'd speak with them, but in the end I decide. Be it Griezmann or whoever.
"Another thing would be if the coach doesn't want him either. Then we have a problem."