Barcelona agree ‘deal in principle’ to sign Antonio Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona agree ‘deal in principle’ to sign Antonio Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

- Barcelona have reportedly reached a gentleman's agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign Antonio Griezmann

- Griezmann is a long term target of Manchester United

- The French forward is currently suffering a dip in form

Spanish giants Barcelona have agreed a deal in principle to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in France.

The Atletico Madrid striker has been in poor form this season, scoring just twice in La Liga so far.

Barcelona agree ‘deal in principle’ to sign Antonio Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

Griezmann has long been on Manchester United's radar

Despite that, Manchester United and Barcelona are still expected to battle it out to sign the Frenchman in the summer.

And Le 10 Sport claim the Catalans have claimed a march on their rivals by agreeing a deal in principle with Griezmann.

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Griezmann, 26, was expected to join United last summer, but FIFA's decision to uphold their transfer ban against Atletico ended any hopes of a move.

Griezmann penned a new deal, which saw his buy-out clause doubled from £85million to £170m for the summer window alone.

With Luis Suarez struggling in front of goal, Barcelona are in the market for a long-term solution in attack.

Lionel Messi is still as effective as ever, despite turning 30.

Griezmann, 26, is still one of the best strikers around, despite his struggles — and knows La Liga well.

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The news would surely be a blow to Jose Mourinho, who is expected to return for the ex-Real Sociedad man in the summer.

United are still are striker a light, and want to improve their attacking quality.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic certain to leave in the summer, Mourinho will want someone to ease the goal scoring burden on Romelu Lukaku.

NAIJ.com reported earlier that Manchester United 36 year old striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to return to first team action and preparations are being made to welcome him in a grand-style.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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