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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde opens door for pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann

French international was said to have 'signed a deal in principle' to move to the Nou Camp in the summer

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted he could be interested in a move for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

Reports have claimed the French international has agreed a ‘deal in principle’ to move to the Nou Camp in the summer.

Antoine Griezmann is reportedly wanted by Barcelona

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Antoine Griezmann is reportedly wanted by Barcelona

Valverde compared the rumours to the reports of Neymar being interested in a move to Real Madrid, revealed he is a fan of Griezmann.

Asked whether Griezmann to Barcelona or Neymar to Madrid were the most likely, he said: “Neither. Rumours are rumours.”

He then continued on Griezmann: “He is a great player and every time players are linked with Barcelona, they are great players.

“But I’m happy with the ones I have and, in the future, we’ll see.”

Antoine Griezmann was reported to have already signed a ‘deal in principle’ to join Barcelona

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Antoine Griezmann was reported to have already signed a ‘deal in principle’ to join Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde has admitted there could be a move for Antoine Griezmann in the future

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Ernesto Valverde has admitted there could be a move for Antoine Griezmann in the future

Valverde was also asked about midfielder Denis Suarez and if he will remain at the club beyond the next transfer window.

The coach explained: “He is one more player in the squad. It’s true he’s played in some games and not others but I’m counting on him for the matches. It then depends on his form and the circumstances.

“He’s fine. I can’t comment on one newspaper story or another.

“The club is open to all kinds of possibilities. Not only Barca – any club. We value what we have but we are not going to close doors.”


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