Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu effectively rules out a summer bid for Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that Antoine Griezmann‘s name is “not on the table” for the Catalan giants ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Griezmann was strongly linked with a move to Barca last summer but ultimately signed a new long-term contract with Atletico Madrid ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The 28-year-old is believed to be desperate to have another opportunity to move to Camp Nou at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, but Bartomeu has effectively ruled out a bid.
“[Griezmann] is an Atletico Madrid player and he has a contract [with them],” Bartomeu told TVE. “I like that the great players are in Spain because he gives value to LaLiga Santander [which helps], for example, to get sponsors.
“If Griezmann wanted to come, he would have to talk to the coaches, but his name is not on the table. There is a lot of speculation in the press, but Griezmann is not on the table and he has not called Barcelona.”
The attacker is enjoying another productive season at Atletico, finding the back of the net on 20 occasions in 43 appearances in all competitions.
The Frenchman has also recently been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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