Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted that he has been in contact with Antoine Griezmann’s agent.
Following the Frenchman’s failed move to United last summer due to the transfer ban imposed on Atletico Madrid, the Red Devils seem to have fallen behind in the race for his services, with Barcelona emerging as the new favourites.
The Catalan giants are eager to boost their firepower, especially with Luis Suarez now 31, and they have identified Griezmann as the perfect candidate to add to their already star-studded frontline.
Amid the speculation surrounding the France international’s future, however, Barcelona’s president has dropped a hint for the things to come, by admitting that he has indeed been in contact with the Atletico talisman’s agent.
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While recently speaking to radio station RAC1, Bartomeu revealed (via Daily Mail): “We are analysing the season and we will see what we will do with ins and outs.
“I have bumped into him (Griezmann) occasionally in the Balearic Islands. I have not spoke to him this year but I did speak to his agent in October. With (Atletico Madrid president Enrique) Cerezo, I have spoken about a lot of things, but not about this.”
His comments clearly indicate that Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann is quite genuine, thereby making a potential summer transfer extremely likely. Moreover, Luis Suarez’s recent comments about this sensational move have only strengthened the possibility.
Bartomeu also spoke about Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in Sunday’s El Clasico, by adding: “We are very happy with (coach Ernesto Valverde’s) work and that of the players.
“What they have done and the run they have gone on. When they sent off Sergi Roberto, I suffered a bit thinking about the second half, but then we went on to have a great game.”