Barcelona reportedly plan to complete Antoine Griezmann’s transfer from Atletico Madrid before the weekend.
Despite announcing his Atletico departure in March, Griezmann’s planned move to Barcelona still hasn’t materialised. Naturally, this has led to doubts over whether the transfer will go ahead now.
A potential factor behind this delay could be down to Neymar’s attempted Camp Nou comeback this summer. Although Griezmann’s infamous rejection of Barcelona through a bizarre video documentary could be another.
But Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed, during Frenkie De Jong’s presentation last week, that talks for Griezmann have begun.
“There was a meeting between FC Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau, and Atletico Madrid CEO Angel Gil Marin. He is a player who interests us,” announced Bartomeu.
The timing of Barcelona’s chase for Griezmann has left Atletico furious after choosing to only begin talks once his buy-out clause of €200m fell to €120m. The club will, therefore, lose out on €80m.
Now, Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Ernesto Valverde’s side will set things in motion on Friday morning. Apparently, they plan to pay the French forward’s release clause and hope to confirm a deal the same day.
The Catalan-based paper stated that no Barcelona representatives will be present at La Liga’s headquarters. Instead, Griezmann’s lawyer will arrive to hand over the documentation.
Until the Spanish league validates everything, however, Barcelona will restrain from making any announcements.
Griezmann, meanwhile, will head out to Catalonia, once La Liga have given Barcelona the all-clear, on a plane and plans sign a five-year contract at Camp Nou.
Should things go to plan, the World Cup winner will become Barcelona’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window. The club have already invested €106m in signing Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Emerson.
Attention will, therefore, turn to the conclusion on whether they will go ahead and re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian could form part of a thrilling new four man attacking line-up along with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann.