Barcelona issues ultimatum to French star

Barcelona want to bring an end to the long drawn out transfer saga of Antoine Griezmann

The Frenchman is currently on national duty, recently scoring in France’s 3-1 win over Italy. Los Cules are, however, desperate to get a deal done for him as soon as possible. Griezmann revealed earlier that he will decide his future before the World Cup in Russia.

Griezmann Barcelona target France

Barcelona target, Antoine Griezmann was on the scoresheet as France cruised past Italy

Griezmann has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid for the past 12 months. He decided to stay put last summer despite strong interest from Manchester United citing his loyalty to the Rojiblancos. Notably, Atletico was under a transfer ban and would have been unable to replace him, should he had chosen to leave. United consequently cooled their interest allowing Barca to jump ahead in the race for his signatures.

Griezmann’s transfer to Camp Nou seemed on the verge of completing a month ago. Several Spanish publications reported that Barcelona had paid the player’s release clause. That was not to be, however, and the 28-year-old remains on Atleti’s books. Manager Diego Simeone has been constantly trying to convince his talisman to stay put. He has been calling Griezmann ‘practically daily’ to try and make him stay.

Barcelona board is getting a bit twitchy about the time this deal is taking to complete. They want a final answer from Griezmann as soon as possible. Barca wants to put an end to this saga so that even if he refuses to move, they can move on the other targets.

Author’s Take

Griezmann has remained coy over his future up until this point. The only thing that is clear is that he will, he must, make a decision about his future before the World Cup. Barcelona would want to continue with their transfer plans as soon as possible to build on last season’s success.

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