Barcelona and Atletico Madrid chiefs will meet in the next few days to complete a deal for Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain.
The French striker recently said that he wanted his future to be decided before the start of this summer’s World Cup with the Nou Camp likely to be his next destination.
The Catalonia club are understandably agitated to get the Griezmann deal done but are also keen to maintain a good relationship with Atletico.
They do not want Griezmann’s arrival to break their wage structure — and that means they are likely to offer him a salary cut, but with performance-based bonuses, hence why club directors will meet face-to-face in the coming days, with Barcelona prepared to pay above the buy-out clause but stagger the payments in two instalments.
However, Barca do not want to make anything official before July 1 as the club wants the Griezmann transfer fee to be included in their losses for 2018-19, rather than in the current campaign.
Griezmann was linked to Manchester United last summer but stayed at Atletico after FIFA upheld a transfer ban on the Rojiblancos.