Antoine Griezmann has reportedly agreed a £15million-a-year contract with Barcelona.
The French forward told Atletico Madrid that he wants to leave at the end of last season, and he is poised to sign a five-year deal with the Spanish champs. Barcelona have been waiting to agree a deal with Atletico as the player’s release clause drops from £190m to £107m on July 1.
And L’Equipe is reporting that the 28-year-old has already agreed terms with Barca – though he looks set to earn LESS than he was earning at Atletico. Barcelona are believed to be keen to offer a player as part of any deal to lower the cash amount.
In May Griezmann announced that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after five years with the club. The Spanish club grew tired of the uncertainty over the playmaker’s future despite only signing a new deal last summer – and effectively made his decision for him by telling him he could go.
That left Barcelona in prime position to snap up the 28-year-old Frenchman, having come close to clinching his services 12 months before. Paris Saint-Germain have shown some interest, although they have financial limitations of their own in order to comply with the FFP regulations.
And Manchester United have also been linked with Griezmann as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set for a summer overhaul of the squad at Old Trafford. Griezmann, 28, gave the Old Trafford outfit hope when he claimed that his future may now be away from Spain. Speaking after France’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Andorra on Tuesday, he said: “I don’t know if I will stay in La Liga. I know where I want to go. I am also keen to get this over with as quickly as possible.”
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