Barcelona are set to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann on July 1st, the day his £107m release clause comes into effect.
Griezmann revealed his desire to leave Los Rojiblancos on social media before the end of the season, despite signing a five-year contract extension just last year in the aftermath of the infamous 'La Decision' video - when he chose to stay at Atletico over joining Barca.
However, his decision to leave now has long been seen as a ploy to finally join the Spanish champions and, according to a report from the Telegraph
This comes in direct opposition to what Barca
Speaking to RAC 1, as quoted by Marca
"We're going through a slow and secure process. We have all of June, July and August. We're in talks and carrying out a strategy, we're also looking at Barcelona B - some players have the possibility to move up into the senior team this year.
"There will be departures and some arrivals."
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However, Atletico's CEO has maintained the opposite, affirming that Griezmann will be leaving for one place and one place only - Barcelona
On Tuesday, news of a 'verbal agreement' regarding a five-year deal for the Brazilian at Barca broke, but the stumbling block of a fee remains. And, with Griezmann's arrival imminent, it now seems impossible for the club to broker a deal with PSG without including players of their own, such as Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, the pair brought in back in 2017 with the money garnered from Neymar