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

Aubrey Yates
June 13, 2018

Lemar is now away on worldwide duty with France and both clubs will be keen to finalise the transfer before the start of the World Cup, which gets underway on Thursday.

Griezmann worked actively to bring Lemar to Atletico and is excited to play with him, sources said before the agreement was announced.

France travel to the World Cup on the back of a surprising 1-1 draw with the United States of America in Lyon on Saturday night, but Griezmann reckons there's no need for his teammates to panic, and says their preparation for Australia starts now.

The 22-year-old will sign a deal with the club and put to an end speculation regarding his future, after being previously linked with Liverpool and Arsenal.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi admits that signing Antoine Griezmann from rivals Atletico Madrid this summer would be a "brilliant" coup for his side.

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Catalunya Radio reported that Barca remain confident of signing Griezmann as coach Ernesto Valverde was reassured by the club's hierarchy over a meal last week that the forward would be part of his squad next season.

Just as it looked as if this would prove to be a key day to find out what Antoine Griezmann's future holds, everyone thought he would announce his decision today, it was in reality a press conference which he was obligated to attend.

Any official unveiling and contract signing could be set to take place before France's kick-off in the showpiece tournament, if the transfer can be completed in time.

"Well No 1, he's made a decision", Balague told Sky Sports News.

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