Barcelona boss fuels Griezmann speculation

Messi Barcelona have never received offer says Bartomeu

Messi Barcelona have never received offer says Bartomeu

"I bumped into Griezmann when I was on holiday a year ago and we held a meeting with his agent last October". We all know how good [Griezmann] is as a player.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed he spoke with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann's agent last October, as speculation continues that the France global could move to Camp Nou for €100 million this summer.

Marin issued his strongly worded rebuke hours after a Spanish radio station reported that Barcelona were poised to pay the French international's 100 million-euro release clause.

Barca's apparent pursuit of Griezmann prompted Atletico to complain to Federation Internationale de Football Association over improper conduct in December, though the Camp Nou side denied their claims.

Atletico are far from happy they are losing one of their stars, and their CEO Miguel Gil Marin admits they are "fed up" with Barcelona's chase of Greizmann.

Barcelona boss Josep Maria Bartomeu says he has never been forced to fend off interest in Lionel Messi because no club has ever submitted an offer.

"We've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad".

Diego Simeone's side face Marseille in the Europa League final in Lyon on May 16.

"We've talked with Cerezo and Gil Marin about many things".

He said Atletico would be demanding compensation from Barcelnoa should "the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season". "Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its objective and that us Atlético fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

The manager was also asked about the France global joining Atletico president Enrique Cerezo for lunch on Tuesday - with the meeting being perceived as one in which the player's future was discussed - but he brushed it off.

Atletico Madrid have released a statement slamming Barcelona for their public pursuit of Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann was initially linked with Barca past year as a possible replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million (A$352.7 million). "I'm sorry but I think we have to be cautious about players who don't play for us".

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