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Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona receive huge transfer boost in pursuit of Atletico Madrid attacker

Sudarshan Venkatesan

Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona receive huge transfer boost in pursuit of Atletico Madrid attacker

Barcelona move an inch closer to signing Antoine Griezmann after Atletico agree terms for the World Cup winner’s replacement.

Barcelona have already agreed personal terms with Antoine Griezmann as confirmed by CEO Gil Marin. However, the deal will get finalized in the coming days after Diego Simeone lands Joao Felix from Benfica.

Diego Simeone was actively searching for a replacement of Antoine Griezmann, who confirmed his departure a month ago. The 19-year-old was wanted by Manchester City and Manchester United, but he has turned the English duo down in the favour of a move to Atletico Madrid.

The reliable Fabrizio Romano says that Atletico Madrid are trying to wrap the signature of Joao Felix for a fee lesser than €120 million. If Benfica refuse to budge with that amount, the Colchoneros will pay the release clause. He has also confirmed that the youngster is already in Madrid, waiting for medicals to proceed further in the deal. This transfer could be announced any time soon.

This has come as huge news for Barcelona, who are willing to match Griezmann’s release clause, which is €125 million. Although Felix’s announcement could be announced any time soon, the Blaugrana will not step up their pursuit until July 1. The French International’s release clause goes down to €125 million from €200 million during the kick off of the pre-season.

Atletico Madrid are expecting smooth negotiations for Antoine Griezmann next month. The Blaugrana are closer than ever to land the World Cup winner from Wanda Metropolitano, howbeit decent links with Neymar suggests otherwise.

Antoine Griezmann moved to Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad for €30 million in 2014. He made 257 appearances for the club, scoring 133 and assisting another 50 during this five-year stint. On the other hand, Joao Felix learned his trade at Benfica and has gone on to become one of the hottest prospects in Europe currently.

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Barcelona can use a completely different dimension upon Antoine Griezmann’s arrival at the club. On the other hand, Joao Felix could thrive under Diego Simeone as well.

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