Barcelona plan on acquiring Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann during the summer transfer window 2018, Sport.es informs.
According to the source, Barcelona have already registered the shirt number 7 under Antoine Griezmann's name as the previous 'owner' of the number Arda Turan left the club for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir earlier in January. Another Barcelona newcomer Philippe Coutinho will take the shirt number 14 after Javier Mascherano's contract extension.
Reportedly, Antoine Griezmann will become one of the highest paid players in Barcelona. Moreover, according to the same source, the initial agreement between the sides is already reached and it has a buyout clause of 100 million euros. The agreement also includes a compensation amount in case it is bleached by any of the sides.
Let's recall, that Antoine Griezmann was close to Manchester United move back in summer 2017, however, he decided to stay in Atletico as the sanctions do not let the Madrid side sign any new players until summer 2018.
Later, FC Barcelona came up with an official statement denying the initial agreement with Atletico Madrid star.
"FC Barcelona strongly denies the information that has appeared over the course of the last few hours in different media regarding Atlético Madrid player,Antoine Griezmann, and an alleged deal with our club. FC Barcelona expresses its objections in the face of these events and reiterates its full respect for the institution of Atlético Madrid," the statement made on the official website of the club reads.