Messi wants Griezmann at Barca

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"He is clearly a great player", Messi said when asked about the Atletico Madrid striker, although he said he was "not 100 per cent sure" if the French striker would make the move to Catalonia. Marouane Fellaini is far from the most popular player amongst most football fans but wouldn't be the worst free signing given Arsenal's transfer budget.

Atletico Madrid are seemingly making a huge effort to keep star forward Antoine Griezmann out of the clutches of La Liga rivals Barcelona, after it was reported the club are preparing a bumper new contract for the French global.

Griezmann's performances this past season were eye catching as well, despite talks of him not being in the right state of mind after his move to Manchester United fell through last summer.

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The 27-year-old forward - a Europa League victor with Atletico in 2017-18 after scoring 29 goals in all competitions - has a reported €100million release clause. Emery's moves to sign the Dortmund and Manchester United players could be his first victory over Jose Mourinho with the Greek defender linked with Mourinho's side recently. "The coach will then look at how he fits everyone in, but he is obviously a great player and we would click together".

And he admitted winning La Liga with Atleti would be hard, adding: 'Barcelona and [Real] Madrid have been playing in a very high level for years and also have an available budget that exceeds ours by far, but we try again every year'. If he decides to depart from Wanda Metropolitano, Los Rojiblancos would prefer that he joins Manchester United instead of their La Liga rivals. According to reports from Sport, Barcelona are also considering signing the Frenchman and have made an inquiry about him to Monaco.