Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann for Champions League'

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He attracted the interest of Arsenal - among others - and appeared to be on the verge of a move to Emirates Stadium early last season, but the collapse of Alexis Sanchez's proposed switch to Manchester City reportedly saw Lemar's transfer fall apart.

Monaco are set to earn a transfer fee worth €72m from Lemar's proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

"Over the next days, both clubs will work to close the agreement for the definitive transfer", a statement on Atletico's website read.

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With ongoing speculation linking him with Spanish champions Barcelona, Griezmann had said he would confirm his position before France's World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.

Speaking in a press conference today, the Atlético Madrid striker said that he has come to a decision.

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Frank Leboeuf has his say about the future of Antoine Griezmann, saying he might be better suited for a move away from Spain.

Barcelona had hoped to sign the 27-year-old on July 1, when his release clause drops to €100 million, but Atletico have offered him an improved contract worth a reported €23m a year.

Griezmann, a target for Manchester United a year ago, has been linked with a move to Barcelona after a successful season that saw him score 29 goals in 49 games and pick up the Europa League title.

Two years back, Griezmann was the top scorer of Euro 2016 as France lost out to Portugal on home soil and he's unsurprisingly one of the favourites to win the Golden Boot this time around, where Didier Deschamps' side are serious contenders.

Lemar has scored 22 goals and registered 32 assists in 127 games over the past three seasons for Les Monégasques since joining the club from Caen. "Yes, I have already made a decision about my future".

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