Atletico Madrid’s Oblak fuels Griezmann to Barca talkDecember 20, 2017
Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak has fuelled speculation linking Antoine Griezmann with a move to Barcelona.
The French forward is expected to leave Atleti next summer and join one of European football’s top spending clubs, but his rejection to move to Manchester United last summer has now seen them move their interest elsewhere.
Accompanying the English side’s lack of hope in signing the former Real Sociedad is Barca’s interest, which is developing at a rapid pace, prompting reports that a meeting over the move has already taken place.
And, it is now understood that the Catalan club are the only team having made official interest in the France international.
And, Griezmann’s team-mate Oblak has now weighed in on the transfer gossip.
“In the future with Griezmann, nobody knows,” he is quoted as saying in Daily Mail.
“For now, he is totally committed to us and we see this in matches and training, he is a huge part of this team.
“We want to be fighting for the title at the end of the season and right now we are taking things one game at a time but we are in a much stronger position now than a month ago.”
Oblak’s comments come after claims filtered out of Spain that Atleti are angered by comments made from Barca director Guillerme Amor and the reports now claim they will report their La Liga rivals to FIFA.
Los Rojiblancos are now said to be preparing contact with football’s governing body over the comments made by the former defender, who claimed a meeting had taken place.
The said meeting which took place last week is said to have opened negotiations with Barca looking to sell a number of players before submitting a transfer bid.
Arda Turan, Andre Gomes and Javier Mascherano are all expected to leave – either in January or next summer, allowing Barca to recoup funds for a move for Griezmann and free up their wage bill.
Aside to their interest in Griezmann, Barca have also shown interest in Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, but it is unlikely a move for both could happen unless further funds are made available.