PSG and Man City rule out Griezmann signing attempts
With rumours rife, both Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola have confirmed that the departing Atlético Madrid striker is not in their plans.
The video announcement by Atlético Madrid's Antoine Griezmann on Tuesday (one that took the place of a potential second 'Decision' documentary) ended the initial will-he-or-won't-he-leave speculation. Then, of course, attention turned to where the World Cup winner would be going. All signs pointed to LaLiga champions Barcelona, before further rumours emerged that suggested Europe's richest clubs could make a bid to sway him in their direction. That now appears to have been put to bed.
PSG and City kill off Griezmann links
Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel have directly quelled those reports that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain could be rivalling Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann's signature.
Last June, the France forward signed a new contract to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, with a documentary titled 'The Decision' having been made to publicise Griezmann's choice not to move to Camp Nou.
🎙 @Simeone: "We had Torres, Forlán, Agüero, Falcao, Mandzukic, Griezmann… and we always competed in the same way, because this club's structure and strength isn't like it used to be. In the last 10 years, we've seen that the club is more important than any one of us." pic.twitter.com/wFZVJJx1Di— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) 17 May 2019
However, following his change of heart, reports had suggested Premier League champions City were considering challenging any renewed interest from Barca by activating the forward's release clause, reportedly set at €120million.
But Guardiola insists the fee would be too much for City, who are under investigation by UEFA for alleged Financial Fair Play (FFP) breaches. The club vehemently deny any wrongdoing.
"People from Barcelona don't have to be worried, we are not going to buy Griezmann," Guardiola told reporters on Friday. "We don't have the money."
PSG, too, have been linked with interest in Griezmann but, like his counterpart in Manchester, Tuchel was quick to deny the reports, stressing that his priorities are to strengthen his side's defence, not attack.
"Griezmann can play with every team in the world," the PSG coach told a news conference.
"It would please any coach, but right now it's not realistic. We are looking for players with certain profiles. We need defensive profiles, and we have to start with that."
Griezmann has scored 21 goals in all competitions this term and could play his last game for Atleti against Levante on Saturday in their final LaLiga fixture of the season.
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