Griezmann to replace Coutinho at Barcelona after special request to Koeman

Antoine Griezmann seems set to become one of the beneficiaries of the new era at Barcelona.

With new boss Ronald Koeman ordering several of the club's older guard to leave – including Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic – Griezmann seems set to be given a starring, and central role in the Dutchman's plans.

There may still be plenty of uncertainty surrounding the future of Lionel Messi at the club, but Griezmann is said to have held positive discussions with Koeman following the appointment of the former Netherlands, Southampton and Everton manager.

The Frenchman had grown frustrated with his role at Barca towards the end of his first season at the club, with the now departed Quique Setien often leaving the World Cup winner on the bench.

When Griezmann did play, he often did so out wide as the Messi and Luis Suarez partnership was trusted to deliver the goals.

Griezmann played 48 times in his first season at Barca, scoring 15 goals, but not many of them were from the start or in his best position through the middle.

Koeman is on record discussing Setien's use of the the Frenchman, telling Dutch outlet NOS before his appointment that: “With all my respect, Griezmann must play in his position.

"It is not an extreme. It is not. You have to play in your role. This is where the most important part of a coach comes in, knowing your players well and getting the most out of them."

L'Equipe report that Griezmann also asked Koeman if he could take his preferred No.7 shirt this season, with the new manager agreeing to his request.

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Philippe Coutinho had taken the No.7 prior to the 2018/19 season, but the shirt was left vacant when he moved to Bayern Munich on loan last summer, so in theory he still has it.

Griezmann – who wore No.7 for Atletico and does so for France – had wanted to take it when Coutinho left on loan, but wasn't allowed to switch from the No.17 he had already been assigned.

Coutinho wore the No.14 for his first half season at the Nou Camp after he arrived from Liverpool in January 2018, and he could now take that shirt again as it remains vacant.

The Brazilian is set to be given a chance under Koeman after returning from his loan in Bavaria.

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