Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2018

"Over the next days, both clubs will work to close the agreement", the Madrid club said of the attacking midfielder usually deployed on the left.

Atleti adds: "The French International is concentrated with his national team in Russian Federation to play the 2018 FIFA World Cup".

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

France begin their World Cup campaign against Australia June 16, before facing Peru (June 21) and Denmark (June 26).

Lemar is a part of Didier Deschamps' France squad in Russian Federation and could be in line for a start in their first game against Australia on Saturday should Kylian Mbappe miss out with an ankle knock.

The France forward, who scored 29 goals and created 15 others last season, was strongly linked with Manchester United last summer before a contract tying him to Atletico until 2022 was agreed.

Thomas Lemar
Unai Emery is eager to boost his squad for next season. Pic David Price Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Lemar was also tipped to join Liverpool as they seek to replace Philippe Coutinho.

So, after months of speculation, it had been suggested that the 27-year-old would finally make his future known when it was confirmed he would be appearing at a France team press conference. "Yes, I have already made a decision about my future".

"I'm sorry for the wait, but today is not the day".

He then went on to say that he would not be revealing what that decision was, as the time was inappropriate.

Barcelona are reportedly ready to trigger Griezmann's €100million release clause.

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