Messi wants Griezmann at Barca

Arsenal transfer news Man Utd Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal transfer news Man Utd Marouane Fellaini

Had Griezmann been certain of wanting to join Barcelona it is likely the saga would already have been resolved. According to Juillard, Unai Emery's Arsenal are the first to pounce, otherwise Fellaini may well become a free transfer this summer. The longer it drags on, the more it seems to favour Atletico instead. His progress at Atletico Madrid has been truly staggering, with the player's contribution being superb - 112 goals and 40 assists in 209 appearances.

And speaking to Spanish radio station COPE, Griezmann said: "If I'm going to continue at Atletico, I don't know, we'll see".

The 30 year old Belgian has proven to be a useful player to have amongst the ranks, but the Brazilian Fred's arrival at Old Trafford will mean he's pushed further down the pecking order or surplus to requirements.

It remains to be seen whether a public endorsement from Messi might go some way to swaying Griezmann, with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor believing that the pair would work well in tandem. Fellaini, who now gets £80,000-a-week at Manchester United, reportedly wants an improved contract from the suitors and Arsenal might very well hand him that.

Gaizka Mendieta has warned Antoine Griezmann that he will have to get used to playing second fiddle to Lionel Messi should he complete a move to Barcelona. But, there are a few complications in Barcelona's pursuit of the French worldwide, which seems to have put the ball in Manchester United's court.

Ultimately nothing came of it as Atletico Madrid's transfer ban meant Griezmann opted to remain loyal to his club for one more season as to not leave them high and dry.

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. What appears certain is that Barcelona aren't the favourites to sign him, with a move to Manchester United possible as well.

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