Atletico Madrid’s newest revelation that no club has approached them for Antoine Griezmann has all but reduced the likelihood of the French striker leaving in the summer.
The disclosure comes at a time Barcelona are said to have been monitoring Griezmann’s situation for months.
Griezmann has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona for next season, but Atletico Madrid’s general manager Clemente Villaverde insists no club has asked for the Frenchman.
Barca will reportedly look to sign another world-class attacker at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, as they continue to bolster their squad following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last August.
Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have already been brought in to help replace the Brazil international, though neither has had a huge impact yet.
Reports in Spain suggest Barca and Griezmann’s entourage have already been in contact regarding a move, as Atletico prepare to brace themselves for the player’s release clause dropping from €200million to €100m on July 1.
However, Atletico are adamant they have not been in discussions with anyone.
Villaverde told Mundo Deportivo: “At the moment I can say he is a player of Atletico Madrid and I can only talk about facts and realities, not about the future. He has a contract with us.