Griezmann to wear 17 at Barcelona, not Coutinho's 7

There had been speculation Philippe Coutinho would lose his shirt number to Antoine Griezmann, but Barcelona's new boy will wear 17 instead.

Antoine Griezmann has won the number seven for his former club Atletico Madrid and country France.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona has confirmed Antoine Griezmann will wear the number 17, rather than taking the number seven shirt from Philippe Coutinho.

It had been reported Griezmann could retain the number he wore during his time at Atletico Madrid after sealing a long-awaited move to Camp Nou.

But ahead of his first news conference as a Barca player on Sunday, the LaLiga champion revealed Griezmann - who also wears seven for France - will instead be given the number 17.

READ: Griezmann undergoes medical tests as Barcelona career begins

Coutinho is reportedly surplus to requirements at Barca as a result of the Griezmann deal, with suggestions he could be used as a makeweight in a move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

Kia Joorabchian, Coutinho's representative, told RMC Sport that Barca adviser Andre Cury is pushing for Coutinho to be sent to PSG as part of Neymar's potential return.

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