Barcelona agree deal in principle to sign Griezmann

Barcelona have agreed a deal in principle to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the summer transfer window.

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Griezmann has been in poor form this season scoring only 2 goals so far

Reports from French publication Le10Sport claim the Catalan giants have reached an agreement to sign Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

The Frenchman was expected to join Manchester United last summer, but FIFA banned Atletico from making any new transfer over the summer, which scuppered United’s move after Griezmann decided to stay loyal until the ban was over.

After committing to stay with Atletico last summer, the Frenchman’s release clause doubled from £85m to £170m.

It means Barcelona must have agreed to match that fee with Atletico and both clubs coming to an agreement.

However, we expect United to still battle for the striker and bid the asking price for the release clause as well, which could in turn lead to a bidding war between both clubs increasing his price tag even more.

Barcelona are on the look out for a new striker, with Luis Suarez form suffering this season and Lionel Messi hitting the age of 30 next year, they feel they need some fresh talent up front.

At 26-years-old, Griezmann has the best years ahead of him. Barca see him as the long term solution going forward along side fellow Frenchmen Ousmane Dembele.

So far this season the Atletico Madrid frontman has only scored 2 goals and failed to find the form of previous years.

Its been a troubled start to the season for Atletico who are on the brink of being knocked out of the group stages in the Champions League and sitting fourth in La Liga.

Griezmann joined Atletico from fellow La Liga side Real Sociedad in July 2014 for £24m. He has been the top scorer for the Madrid giants scoring 62 goals.