The 26-year-old France international was rated at €200m earlier in the year by current club Atletico Madrid but it’s emerged that his newly-signed contract includes a release clause at half the value.
With a host of Premier League clubs interested in securing the striker’s services, Barcelona has begun planning the raid on their La Liga rivals next summer.
The Catalans are looking long-term with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both 30. While there is no suggestion that either will be leaving the Camp Nou any time soon, signing the French international adds depth to their strikeforce, arguably making it strong than the famous ‘MSN’.
Griezmann pledged his loyalty to Atleti last summer in the face of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban for two windows. To leave the club then, he said, would be to unconscionable. The Spanish club took advantage and agreed a new deal with their striker.
At the time, a €100m release clause seemed high but with Neymar Jr, 26, and Kylian Mbappe, 18, both leaving for significantly higher fees, Madrid’s second club might have missed a trick.
Whether the market will remain inflated next summer remains to be seen. However, Griezmann will be one of the major deals and Barcelona want the deal in place, ready to be signed once the World Cup in Russia is over.