Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona: Atletico Madrid president makes angry demand over transfer

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La Liga champions Barcelona have reportedly told Atletico Madrid that they will be triggering Antoine Griezmann's release clause, amid constant speculation that the Frenchman could leave Wanda Metropolitano this summer.

Marin added that Bartomeu's comments about Griezmann in the build-up to the Europa League final between Atletico and Marseille on 16 May showed an "absolute lack of respect". "We need to keep working on that aspect to get to finals".

"I let [Bartomeu] know his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially as we've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad".

Cadena Cope claimed on Tuesday that Barca have already told Atletico of their plans to pay the €100 million fee which would allow them to bring the France forward to Camp Nou.

"He's a great player, I have no doubt about that".

Told by a reporter on TF1 that "according to our information you are going to sign", the French worldwide replied: "I don't where your information comes from but, for now, there's nothing". "I hope this statement serves its objective and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

Since they are expected to make in a swoop for numerous players including Griezmann this season, Barcelona will be looking to puff up their purse even more in the next couple of months.

"I don't know what relevance them eating together has", he said.

Gil Marin believes their pursuit of Griezmann was also an attempt to unsettle the team and ultimately derail their hopes of challenging for the league.

Barca were forced in January to deny publicly they had agreed a deal to sign Griezmann, who has indicated he wants his future resolved before the start of the World Cup.

Samuel Umtiti, who has had a decent season for the Catalan club this season, has been linked with a move to English giants, Manchester United, this summer.

Naturally, not all these players will have to be sold for Ernesto Valverde to have the desired amount on his hands during the transfer window.

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