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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Antoine Griezmann would be 'cheap' at €100m, says Felipe Luis amid reports of Barcelona interest

French forward is a rported transfer target for the newly crowned Primera Liga champions

Antoine Griezmann after scoring Atletico Madrid's equaliser against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final, first leg. Matt Dunham / AP Photo
Antoine Griezmann after scoring Atletico Madrid's equaliser against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final, first leg. Matt Dunham / AP Photo

Atletico Madrid full-back Felipe Luis has said Antoine Griezmann leaving the club for €100 million (Dh436m) would be "cheap in this market", amid reports Barcelona are plotting a move for the French forward.

Griezmann, 27, is enjoying another stellar season for Atletico, his 27 goals and 12 assists across 46 appearances have helped the Madrid club to second place in the Primera Liga and to the Europa League final.

As the end of the season approaches, Griezmann's future has been the subject of much speculation in the Spanish media, with reports claiming Barca are willing to pay his €100m buyout clause.

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Barca striker Luis Suarez has spoken about Griezmann as though a deal has already been agreed, prompting Atletico's chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin to say they were "fed up" with the behaviour of the Catalan club.

"Griezmann is cheap, for sure, at €100m in this market," Luis said. "It will seem even cheaper if he plays well in the final. That is the reality, but neither Griezmann, nor the rest of us, are thinking about this. After the final yes, but not before.

"We all want to win and it has no effect. We are delighted to play with him, but we are not just Griezmann, many players have worked hard to make this final.

"Without doubt he has been our most decisive player this season, so we want him to stay. But what happens afterwards is something completely separate from what happens this week."

Griezmann has formed a strong partnership with Diego Costa, who insists his teammate's focus is currently on the final in Lyon.

"For a player, when Barca wants you, it makes you feel important," Costa said. "But he knows that he is important for us and that we want him here. If then he leaves or not, it's his decision.

"I am very happy with him, with the group, and right now he is thinking of winning a title. If Griezman can make history here with us, win that title, then there's time after for him to decide what to do."