Antoine Griezmann celebrates goal v Malaga

Manchester City contact Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann

Manchester City have contacted Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, according to Spanish source Sport.

Manchester City join both Manchester United Barcelona in the race to sign the Frenchman.

It is understood that the player has a £170m release clause in his new contract.

Initial enquiry

City are hoping to get one over their local rivals United by beating them to the signing of Griezmann.

Pep Guardiola’s side have made the first steps towards the deal after contacting the player over a potential move.

Although, Manchester United are also believed to have made contact with the player.

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City are set to face strong competition from Barcelona and United in order to sign the forward.

German giants Bayern Munich are also expected to make contact with Atleti over the player’s availability.

Barcelona well positioned

The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to meet Griezmann’s substantial £170m release clause.

It is claimed that they are the favourites to land the Atletico Madrid star.

Working with Lionel Messi is a prospect which excites the 26-year-old.

He is also excited by the prospect of being a part of Barça’s project at the Nou Camp.

No distractions

The player has requested that his future his not spoken about until after the World Cup.

He is hoping for no distractions as he prepares to lead his nation to World Cup glory.

The player has however given indications to Barcelona that he would be willing to speak.

This provides Barcelona with a great opportunity to beat Europe’s elite to his signature.

Koke’s claims

Although, Griezmann’s Atleti teammate Koke has offered indications that the player could leave sooner.

Midfielder Koke claims Griezmann is free to leave for Barcelona in January.