Antoine Griezmann celebrates

Antoine Griezmann slams Barcelona rumours/provides deadline for future to be decided

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has today spoken out over the rumours that he is on the verge of agreeing a summer move to Barcelona.

Saga

Manchester United’s chase of French forward Griezmann was one of the talking points of the early weeks of last summer’s transfer window, with Jose Mourinho having identified the 27-year-old as an ideal addition to his attacking ranks at Old Trafford.

However, any potential move was put on hold when Griezmann himself confirmed that he would not leave Atletico in the midst of their transfer ban, with the Red Devils having since opted to bring in Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez instead as a result.

Jose Mourinho recently confirmed that United will not be targeting attacking reinforcements this summer, with the Manchester giants set to focus their attentions on midfield and defensive additions.

Release clause

This has led to mounting reports that Barcelona are now viewed as the clear leading contenders for Griezmann’s signature, with the Blaugrana having long been touted as a potential destination for the French international.

Griezmann’s 200 million Euro Atletico release clause is reportedly set to drop to 100 million Euro at the end of this season, making a potential deal for any and all suitors markedly more realistic.

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 27: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates after he scores his sides first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on September 27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Done deal?

In additon, adding weight to the Griezmann to Barca rumours back in February was a report from journalist Albert Roge (later backed by the reliable Cat Radio), which ensured that a deal to send Atletico’s star man to the Camp Nou this summer was ‘100%’ certain:

‘It is closed, yes, although obviously neither of the two parties will confirm it. At Sport we have already been informed of the private agreement that exists between both and Griezmann will be Barca’s in the summer 100%.’

‘False’

However, when it was put to Griezmann himself during an interview with Telefoot earlier today that, according to their information, he is currently engaged in ‘advanced talks’ with Barcelona over a move to the club at the end of the season, the Frenchman sniped:

‘I don’t know where you get this information, but it is false.’

Griezmann also revealed that he plans to have his future sorted before the beginning of this summer’s World Cup, to ensure that he can focus his attentions solely on footballing matters in Russia:

‘I want to be free and think only about the French team.’

‘I would like my future to be settled before the World Cup, otherwise, afterwards, we will have questions to the right and the left. I will continue as I am now, giving everything to the club.’

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