Barcelona denies any contact with Griezmann

Jan 21, 2018, 01:22
Barcelona denies any contact with Griezmann

But Barcelona have moved fast to put those rumours to bed with an official statement on their website.

FC Barcelona issued an official statement on Saturday which addresses the rumors that appeared in the last few hours about Atlético de Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Spanish publications including SPORT and Marca claimed that the Atletico Madrid striker was on his way to the Camp Nou, with Barca having matched the player's 100 million euro release clause.

Reports in Spain suggested the Catalan club were close to agreeing a deal for the France global which would see him join in the summer.

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The Catalan club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu is a big fan of the player and is leading from the front to help his side secure the France international's signature.

"FC Barcelona expresses its objections in the face of these events and reiterates its full respect for the institution of Atletico Madrid".

But in the end Griezmann opted to stay at Atletico Madrid when they were hit with a transfer embargo.

"We're obliged to have contact with players".

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Griezmann, 26, signed a new contract with Atletico last June, turning down a move to Manchester United after the La Liga side's appeal against a transfer ban was rejected.

Should a deal fail to be concluded, Griezmann will be forced to pay compensation to Barcelona, and Barcelona will likewise be required to pay a sum to the player.

And despite breaking their transfer record twice in the last six months with the signings of Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho for a combined €300m, Barca are still thought to be keen on signing Griezmann in the summer.

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