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Atletico report Barcelona to Federation Internationale de Football Association for illegal Antoine Griezmann approach

Atletico report Barcelona to Federation Internationale de Football Association for illegal Antoine Griezmann approach

"Atletico would prefer to sell Griezmann overseas in the summer, and Manchester United can offer Paul Pogba as a team-mate", wrote McLeman.

The 26-year-old star is one of the best attacking players in the world and will largely improve Man Utd's offene if he does end up moving to Old Trafford.

It would appear that Barcelona's quest to secure the services of the French striker, Antoine Griezmann, could be thwarted by the authorities.

Federation Internationale de Football Association in a statement said, "can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico Madrid concerning the said matter".

This might have been spurred by the remarks of Guillermo Amor, who revealed: "If Bartomeu met with Griezmann's family as the newspapers say, then there may well have been an approach".

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A statement on the Madrid club's official website read, "Atletico Madrid have presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his people".

Unbeaten Atletico are second in the table, six points behind leaders Barcelona, and Marca reported that Atletico feel that the Catalan club's interest in Griezmann, as real as it might be, is also a destabilising tactic.

Manchester United was reportedly interested in signing the France worldwide in the offseason, before he extended his contract by one year. "Maybe there's been a meeting and things have advanced, although I don't know".

But, complaint or otherwise, if Barcelona meet the Frenchman's buyout and he wants the Camp Nou switch, there appears little Atletico can do to prevent the move from happening.

After Atletico had their appeal for their transfer ban to be overturned rejected, he signed a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, saying it would have been "dirty" to leave the club at that moment.