Nobody has asked for Griezmann, insists Atletico general manager

Antoine Griezmann has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona for next season, but Atletico Madrid's general manager Clemente Villaverde insists no club has asked for the Frenchman.

Barca will reportedly look to sign another world-class attacker at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, as they continue to bolster their squad following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last August.

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have already been brought in to help replace the Brazil international, though neither has had a huge impact yet.

Reports in Spain suggest Barca and Griezmann's entourage have already been in contact regarding a move, as Atletico prepare to brace themselves for the player's release clause dropping from EUR200million to EUR100m on July 1.

However, Atletico are adamant they have not been in discussions with anyone.

Villaverde told Mundo Deportivo: "At the moment I can say he is a player of Atletico Madrid and I can only talk about facts and realities, not about the future. He has a contract with us.

"Nobody has asked for him. Griezmann is a player of Atletico, and I do not know anything about Barca."

Griezmann has played 27 times for Atletico in LaLiga this term, scoring 18 times.

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