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Diego Simeone reveals 'joy' at Barcelona's Griezmann interest

His daughter Mia soon came into shot carrying a football as Griezmann admired his strike His daughter Mia soon came into shot carrying a football as Griezmann admired his strike
Alejandro Castrejon | Agosto 02, 2017, 12:19

The Frenchman will stay with the Liga giants at least for one more season.

Barcelona's scouts will certainly be eyeing the tournament with a keen interest, assessing a number of potential targets who could replace Neymar in the side.

Griezmann had previously rated his chances of joining United as "six out of 10" before eventually declaring that to depart after the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (Cas) ruling would have been a "dirty move". Liverpool cannot afford to sell Coutinho, who is the club's best player and vital to their hopes in the Premier League and Champions League.

The new name is no other than Antoine Griezmann.

Following the announcement, Griezmann had pledged his future to Los Rojiblancos, affirming that he would not leave the club this summer, while also penning a new long-term deal with them.

Barcelona bosses are turning their attention towards landing an all-star replacement.

The Catalan club have endured a disastrous time in this summer's transfer window, having failed to land their primary targets thus far.

Publication Sport report that Barca have already begun searching for the successor to Neymar's throne, with Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala top of the list.

It may, therefore, be difficult to imagine the France international would have such a sudden change of heart, although the temptation to remain in Spain with the Blaugrana may provide a different temptation. Moreover, the player's eye for goal and work rate make him an ideal fit in Ernesto Valverde's system.

"Now we play the final of the Audi Cup, which is what we wanted", he added.

There's no reason his stance would have changed - and if it does, United are likely to renew their interest, giving Barcelona some competition.