Atletico Madrid have confirmed via their official Twitter profile that Antoine Griezmann will depart the club after five years of services
Widely regarded as one of the best forwards in Europe, 28-year-old has netted 133 goals and provided 50 in 256 top-flight outings for Los Colchoneros.
However, after lifting three major titles, including Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and Supercopa de España, the France international will say goodbye to the Madrid giants, as he has already informed the club about his decision to find a fresh challenge.
After holding talks with the coach Diego Simeone and club’s hierarchy, Griezmann has made a short video to greet the fans and thank everyone in Madrid for ‘5 incredible years.’
Griezmann’s choice to part ways with Atletico has alerted a host of Europe giants, including Barcelona, who seemed close to snapping the left-footed forward back last summer.
Although the Catalans abandoned the track leading to former Real Sociedad man following his infamous ‘rejection’ before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, they seem to be back in the game.
With Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, both miserably failed at Camp Nou, the reigning La Liga holders have become aware they need to inject fresh blood to compete for the Champions League trophy again.
Griezmann’s current release clause will drop from €200 million to €120 million on July 1, which will make him affordable to the Blaugrana, especially should Dembele or Coutinho leave Catalonia to join the Premier League.