Luis Suarez confirms Barcelona signing - Messi's long-term replacement?

May 08, 2018, 03:20
Luis Suarez confirms Barcelona signing - Messi's long-term replacement?

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated publicly the club met with Antoine Griezmann's agent in October amid reports of a move. The deal, however, retained his release clause, reported to be set at €100 million.

Injuries have limited 20-year-old Dembele to just 20 appearances for the Camp Nou side since joining from Borussia Dortmund last August.

'We are analysing the season and we will see what we will do with ins and outs, ' Bartomeu told radio station RAC1.

"He's a player who brings a huge amount, he has a lot of years playing at the highest level, always fighting".

Striker Luis Suarez said the France forward, who has a €100m release clause, would be welcome and Bartomeu confirmed meeting with his agent a year ago.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has proven to be an inspired signing with 79 league goals in 141 La Liga games. "He rules up front for Atletico and that is fundamental", Suarez said.

Bartomeu also said he has spoken to Atletico president Enrique Cerezo and chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin about "many things", without going into specifics.

Barcelona already have a feared attacking unit - one which is led by superstar Lionel Messi.

While Barcelona is still looking to bring in replacements, they will have a fight on their hands for their top transfer target alongside Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The France worldwide forward has been one of the world game's most-feared attackers in recent years and a key man in the capital city side's continued place among Spain's top teams.

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