Barcelona deny reports of Griezmann agreement

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Speculation in Spain this week indicated that the Catalan giants were close to concluding a deal for Griezmann after Philippe Coutinho opted to wear the number 14 shirt at the Camp Nou.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is all set to move to Barcelona at the end of the season, if reports are to be believed.

Griezmann's current deal runs until summer 2022 but the forward, 26, has been linked with a move to Barca.

'FC Barcelona expresses its discomfort in the face of these events and reiterates its respect for the institution of the Atlético de Madrid'.

Los Rojiblancos appeared to be on course for a routine three points at the Wanda Metropolitano after Antoine Griezmann gave them a first-half lead, but they were made to pay for not scoring a second goal as, with 17 minutes to go, Portu grabbed a surprise point for the visitors.

News broke in the Catalan media early on Saturday that Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu had carried out negotiations with Griezmann's representatives and secured his signature for a move before the 2018-19 season. I think these are things that happen in the game; sometimes they are lucky and sometimes unlucky. There's a good understanding, maybe there have been talks. In the case of Griezmann, there are a lot of players we could be talking with, initiating some kind of relationship with if there's an opportunity. "It's something which is done".

And despite breaking their transfer record twice in the last six months with the signings of Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho for a combined €300m, Barca are still thought to be keen on signing Griezmann in the summer.

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