Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde announced that there had been contact with Atletico Madrid about a move for Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann informed the club that he would like to leave this club this summer, with a reported £ 105 million release clause starting July 1. And after his La Liga champions & # 39; 2-2 draw to Eibar in the final round of the games on Sunday, Valverde admitted that conversations were going on.
"It is true that we have already made contact," he said. "It's true that contacts are still ongoing, but the season is not over yet. We still have the Copa Del Rey final to play. We have the chance to win two titles and we should try to focus on this topic.
"After that we will have time for everything else – we will not say anything new when we talk about players from other teams. We will see what happens).
"He (Griezmann) is a great player. We have always said that. & # 39;
Barcelona seems to be Griezmann's only candidate, after Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain got out of the running for the French international's signature.
The winner of the 2016 World Cup was an important part of the team of Diego Simeone in his five seasons in Madrid and won three titles including the Europa League.
He finished two-thirds in voting for the Ballon D & # 39; Or and has been Atletico & # 39; s top scorer in each of his five seasons with a switch from Real Sociedad.
Fans will be forgiven for thinking that all of this seems somewhat familiar when Griezmann released a documentary last summer announcing that he would leave Atletico just to change his mind and stay in the Spanish capital for another 12 months.
Having been shamefully dumped by Liverpool from the Champions League semifinals after winning the first leg 3-0, Barcelona hopes to end the season in a high point in Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Valencia.