Atletico Madrid CEO Says Antoine Griezmann Will Complete Barcelona Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2019

ANDORRA LA VELLA, ANDORRA - JUNE 11: Antoine Griezmann of France looks on during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification match between Andorra and France at Estadi Nacional on June 11, 2019 in Andorra la Vella, Andorra. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid chief executive Gil Marin has said Antoine Griezmann will leave the club to sign for Barcelona this summer. 

Griezmann recently confirmed the 2018-19 season was his last at Atletico, prompting speculation about where he would move. The Blaugrana have been consistently linked with a move for the player over the past few years.

According to Marin, the Catalan giants will sign the France international, and that's been known for many months:

B/R Football @brfootball

BREAKING: Atletico Madrid’s CEO confirms Antoine Griezmann will play at Barcelona next season 🔵🔴 https://t.co/FiWgq9sml2

Barcelona have always been considered Griezmann's most likely destination, as they made a move for the Atletico star last summer.

The player documented his decision-making process in a programme, La Decision, confirming he would stay at Atletico and sign a new contract despite the interest. However, a year on, it appears he is ready to embark on a new chapter in his career.

Griezmann was asked about his future after France's win over Andorra on Tuesday and called for patience. "I don't know if I'll remain in Spain," he said, per Sacha Pisani of Goal. "Maybe in two weeks we'll know something."

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones thinks a move to Barcelona will give Griezmann the chance to prove himself as one of the greats of his generation and commented on the big spending of the two biggest clubs in Spain this summer: 

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

After last season's Premier League domination, fair to say La Liga are fighting back. Griezmann and De Jong in at Barcelona. Hazard, Jovic, Mendy, Militao and Rodrygo in at Madrid...so far! Spain's transfer window closes almost a month later than England's

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

Main thought on Griezmann to Barca is that we will now see if he truly does have the making of a legend

Griezmann has long been one of the most effective players in La Liga, having made huge strides in the five years he spent at Atletico Madrid.

The forward has typically played as a second striker under Diego Simeone, moving in from the wide berth he operated in at Real Sociedad. From the central area, he is able to create chances, dribble at defences and get into the box to score goals himself.

Should he make the switch to the Camp Nou it will be intriguing to see where Griezmann fits in. French football journalist Jeremy Smith thinks the 28-year-old would link well with Lionel Messi: 

Jeremy Smith @jeremysmith98

I like the idea of Griezmann and Mbappe playing together week in week out. But I would love him to join Barca - he's such an intelligent player that I think he'd fit in perfectly alongside Messi, further forward or even in an Iniesta role.

Another forward would certainly be a boost to Barcelona, especially one with the quality of the France star.

With Philippe Coutinho hopelessly out of form for much of last season and Ousmane Dembele again having a campaign blemished by injuries, the onus was placed on Messi and Luis Suarez. While they thrived in the main, given they are 31 and 32, respectively, both will need to be replaced in the coming years.

Griezmann's possible arrival will allow Barcelona to do exactly that. However, given his age, his La Liga experience and the likely massive fee paid to sign him, there would be considerable pressure on the forward to hit the ground running.