Atletico Madrid "not amused" with Barcelona's pursuit on their superstar

Messi Barcelona have never received offer says Bartomeu

BARCELONA Messi Barcelona have never received offer says Bartomeu Getty Images

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The report claims that Barcelona's board members have already floated the idea of Suarez's sale, providing they receive a good enough offer.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed he met with Antoine Griezmann's agent earlier in the season - but is giving little else away on the club's reported interest in the Atletico Madrid striker.

However, should Barca pay Griezmann's buyout clause at the end of the season, there's little Atletico can do in theory to stand in the way of a transfer - a situation they themselves benefitted from when they signed Vitolo from Sevilla last summer.

"I let [Bartomeu] know his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially as we've been competing for the title and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players in our squad".

Griezmann's goal in the Europa League semifinal first leg at Arsenal was key to Diego Simeone's side's progress to May 16's final against Marseille in Lyon, and the 27-year-old suggested he could remain at Atletico should a new deal be done.

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"We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude", it began.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, with speculation in Spain that a 100million euros (£88million) switch will be completed this summer.

However, Cerezo accepts the club could be forced to sell the France forward if he decides he wants to move to Barcelona, or elsewhere. "Now we do not think about that, we think about being able to be European champions, in which we have a great, ideal coach, and who will be with us many more years". "I hope this statement serves its goal and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should".

The 27-year-old has always been linked with a move to the Liga champions and is expected to clarify his future prior to the World Cup.

"I can tell you one thing: Antoine Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player as of today", Cerezo said. "I'm sorry but I think we have to be cautious about players who don't play for us".

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