Barcelona denies plans to buy Antonie Griezmann for N48bn

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Barcelona reportedly have no plans to move for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Griezmann was strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but the France international ultimately penned a new long-term contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

There is once again speculation surrounding the 28-year-old, though, with Atletico’s last-16 Champions League defeat to Juventus throwing the France international’s future into doubt once again.

Barca were believed to be preparing to meet Griezmann’s release clause of £102m – which kicks in from June – in this summer’s transfer window.

However, according to ESPN FC, while the attacker has offered himself to a number of clubs, Barca are ‘not contemplating’ a move as they want a natural centre-forward to be Luis Suarez’s long-term replacement.

Meanwhile, the same report has claimed that the Spanish champions would not be prepared to match Griezmann’s salary at Atletico.

The former Real Sociedad youngster has scored 18 times in 39 appearances for his capital club this season


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