Claims of Monday announcement as Griezmann agrees €85m deal

Date published: Saturday 29th June 2019 2:32

Antoine Griezmann could be announced as a Barcelona player as early as Monday, according to multiple reports.

The France forward, who has also been a major target for Manchester United, announced last month he would leave Atletico this summer after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.

Barcelona have long been linked with a move for Griezmann and the 28-year-old has a release clause in his contract that the LaLiga champions are reportedly ready to trigger.

Those rumours gathered pace a fortnight ago when Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin claimed the player already has an agreement in place to move to the Nou Camp this summer.

Now both L’Equipe and Marca insist those claims are accurate and say the World Cup winner will sign a deal at Barcelona worth €17m a season and on a contract until 2024. That will earn the France forward €85m over his time at the Nou Camp.

Both papers claim the 28-year-old could secure the transfer as early as Monday July 1 when his Atletico exit clause drops from €200m to €120m.

However, the papers claim Atleti are keen to take Portugal full-back Nelson Semedo as part of the deal. However, with Barca reluctant, the impasse could push the announcement of Griezmann’s transfer back a matter of days. Nonetheless, an agreement between the clubs is expected to be announced some time week.

As well as Manchester United, PSG had also been mentioned as potential suitors for Griezmann, especially in light of heightening claims the Ligue 1 outfit could soon lose Neymar.

However, Griezmann – who counts Real Sociedad among his former sides – has no intentions to return to his homeland with his move to Barca said to be ratified in the coming days.

 

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