According to reports in France, The star Atletico striker has alreay agreed a deal in principle to join the current La Liga leaders for a reported fee of over £80 million.
Manchester United too were on the lookout for Griezmann, but Antoine looks unlikely to want to leave Spain.
But this information wasn’t recieved positively by Lionel Messi, if reports by the Spanish Don Balon are to be believed.
He thinks Barcelona maybe making a serious mistake by offering him big money with regular game time. He thinks that veterans such as Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets deserve more than Griezmann.
And with Luis Suarez’s misfiring form and Valverde’s belief that the player is soon to rediscover his scoring touch, (Suarez ending his goal drought recently against Leganes) it’ll be difficult for Barcelona to ensure adequate game time for both.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde too has not been tight lipped about this. When asked whether a Griezmann to Barcelona or Neymar to Madrid could be likely possibilities, he told a news conference, “Neither. Rumours are rumours.”
On further being probed about Griezmann, Valverde replied: “He is a great player and every time players are linked with Barcelona, they are great players.
The delay in announcing Messi’s contract renewal even after reports confirming a deal agreement in July has also led to an increase in speculation about the Argentine playmaker’s future.