Antoine Griezmann admits move away from Atletico Madrid is edging nearer as he closes in on Barcelona switch: ‘I know where I’ll be playing next season’
- Antoine Griezmann has revealed his move from Atletico Madrid is nearly done
- The French striker has been heavily linked with Barcelona for around 12 months
- He believes a deal has now been struck and will be announced ‘very soon’
Antoine Griezmann has announced he now knows where he will be playing next season and insists his decision will be revealed ‘very soon’.
The France World Cup winner will call time on his five-year stay at Atletico Madrid after revealing last month that he will leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer.
It had been heavily mooted that Griezmann would end up at La Liga rivals Barcelona, who nearly signed the 28-year-old last summer, and it seems a deal is edging closer.
Antoine Griezmann has announced he now knows where he will be playing next season
‘I know where I’ll be playing next season,’ Griezmann said in an interview with French TV programme Telematin.
‘A decision has been made and it should confirmed very soon.’
During the 2018 summer transfer window Barcelona looked to be closing in on signing Griezmann, only for the player himself to make a bizarre short documentary revealing his decision to stay.
Griezmann would command a hefty fee for any potential buyers, even though his release clause has actually reduced in value ahead of the summer window.
As part of his contractual agreement with Atletico, Griezmann’s release clause will drop to £105million (€120m) on July 1 from an even more eye-watering original cost of £175m (€200m).
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has revealed no one from Barcelona has contacted him
Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo admitted last week he doesn’t have the ‘slightest idea’ where their star player will end up next season.
‘Griezmann has been with us for five years and done a splendid job,’ he told Spanish broadcaster Onda Cero.
‘We have a good relationship. Nice, trustworthy. I hope wherever he goes he will be treated the same as he has been with us.
‘I don’t know where he’s going, he didn’t say. I don’t have the slightest idea where he will go. I don’t think anyone knows.’
Asked whether Barcelona have initiated transfer discussions over Griezmann, Cerezo replied: ‘No one from Barca has contacted me.’