Barcelona president Bartomeu: We've met with Griezmann agent this season

Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

However, Barcelona seem to have shown more of an interest in him over the last few months.

Griezmann was initially linked with Barca a year ago as a possible replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million.

"It's not the moment to talk about these matters", Bartomeu said.

It won't be easy for Real to prise him away from the Parc des Princes, given Les Parisiens splashed out €222 million to land him, and at the least, they'd likely want the same fee put on the table before considering his sale. We are finishing the season and then there will be meetings.

However, he has failed to earn a regular place in Ernesto Valverde's side despite showing improvement, and Bartomeu added: "That's the manager's decision".

"He [Dembele] is still very young, a bet for the future, not for immediate performances". If he didn't play one game, he will play in others.

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Barca will not be entering a battle to bring him back to Spain, however, after the tense split which led to the club taking legal action against the Brazilian.

Luis Suarez appears to have accidentally confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will sign for Barcelona this summer.

Atletico complained to Federation Internationale de Football Association over an alleged illegal approach from Barca for Griezmann in December, and Bartomeu has now confirmed that he spoke with his agent as early as October, but insists that his relationship with Atletico remains strong. "There's no need to create further speculation".

Bartomeu also revealed that he met Griezmann by chance on holiday last summer but stressed that there had been no tapping up. "We're working in order to make sure the important players stay so they can help the club keep growing".

'With (Atletico Madrid president Enrique) Cerezo I have spoken about a lot of things, but not about this'. Griezmann is a player who brings a huge amount.

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