Transfer: Barcelona president gives updates on Neymar, Griezmann deals

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Atletico said they felt the "strongest disapproval" of those they allege to have been involved, claiming talks between Barca and Griezmann took place at a delicate stage of the season and in violation of transfer rules.

Atletico Madrid have publicly denounced the behaviour of both Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona, while saying they have turned down a request from the Catalan side to defer payment on the forward.

The 28-year-old Frenchman planned to formally terminate his contract with Atletico on June 30, when the price tag for his release clause dropped to 125 million euros ($134 million).

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

When asked if Messi had requested the signing of Neymar, Bartomeu said: "He doesn't ask for players, let's end that myth. Messi doesn't ask for players".

Asked if Barça would re-sign him given the chance, the president said that he will not speak about players from other clubs.

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.

French striker Griezmann has always been linked with a move to Camp Nou, with Catalonia appearing his most likely destination when he announced in May plans to leave Atletico in the close-season.

But Bartomeu admitted there was little prospect of the Brazilian rejoining the club he left in a world-record €222-million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017.

"We know Neymar wants to leave PSG, but we also know that PSG doesn't want Neymar to leave", Bartomeu said.

Griezmann will not be guaranteed to walk into Barca's starting line-up, though, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and either Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele usually making up their front three last term.

That appeared to rankle with Atletico, who issued a statement that read: "On May 14, Antoine Griezmann informed [chief executive] Miguel Angel Gil, [head coach] Diego Simeone and [sporting director] Andrea Berta of his decision to leave our club at the end of the season".

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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