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Griezmann cools down Barcelona talk

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has cooled down talks of a summer move to Barcelona.

It is widely expected that Barca will make a big play for the French attacker this coming summer as they have already freed up the number seven shirt at the club following the exit of Arda Turan.

The Catalan club are keen to further improve their attacking options, having already signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January and Ousmane Dembele last summer from Borussia Dortmund.

Griezmann is now next on the agenda, and growing reports in Spanish press have claimed that a move could be developing.

However, the former Real Sociedad man has attempted to cool down such talks.

“That information is not good,” Griezmann told Telefoot.

“Last summer I did not express myself well when speaking (about links to Manchester United) and those were mistakes I must accept and own up to.

“Since (the turn of the year) I have come back stronger both physically and mentally…now I feel fresher and I want to continue the form I have shown since January.”

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping an eye on the situation regarding Griezmann’s future at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Mundo Deportivo believe that Los Colchoneros are hoping to at the very least maintain his 200 million euro release clause, which is set to be reduced to just 100 million euros in the summer and provide real temptation for European giants with money to spend.

Atleti want to try to push Griezmann to agree a new long-term deal which would raise that release clause to a more substantial 300 million euros.

Currently earning 14 million euros a year, the Frenchman would be looking to increase that if he were to extend his current contract, which is set to run until 2022.

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