Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Barca President Gives Updates On Neymar & Griezmann Transfers

Barca President Gives Updates On Neymar & Griezmann Transfers

The 27-year-old left Barcelona to step out of Lionel Messi's shadow, but he now finds himself locked in the shade of France's most prodigious talent, Kylian Mbappe.

Atletico Madrid have accused Barcelona and Antoine Griezmann of a "lack of respect" after the Catalan giants' president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed yesterday that the two clubs had held talks about the signing of the France global.

Atletico said it felt disrespected after learning that Barcelona and Griezmann reached an agreement in March, just days after the team was eliminated by Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

"Yesterday we had a meeting in Madrid, Gil Marin and Oscar Grau saw each other and we asked if it was possible to negotiate for Griezmann", he added.

"There is an interest, that's why we got together".

"Obviously, the response of Atletico Madrid was negative, understanding that both Futbol Club Barcelona and the player have lacked respect for Atletico Madrid and for all its supporters", the capital side said.

Bartomeu, however, admits the Ligue 1 champions do not want the world's most expensive player to leave, even though he expressed to desire to move.

Barcelona's attempt to sign Antoine Griezmann hit a setback after Atletico Madrid accused the Catalan club of negotiating with the player without its consent before his contract was over.

He has also netted 29 times in 70 global games for France, winning the 2018 World Cup and claiming the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 as Les Bleus lost in the final on home soil to Portugal.

Griezmann scored 21 goals in all competitions as Atletico finished second behind Barcelona in La Liga last term, while Dembele and Coutinho managed 11 and 14 respectively.

Brazil global Neymar left Barcelona for PSG in 2017 for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) and has been linked with a return.

"We know that Neymar wants to leave PSG, but we also know that PSG do not want him to go", he said.

During the press conference, Bartomeu also said that Neymar wants to leave PSG, but that the French club do not want to sell him.

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