Antoine Griezmann to end Barcelona-Atletico Madrid transfer saga this week

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"Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco has achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club", read a statement released by Atletico on Tuesday night.

Lemar is now on worldwide duty with France at the World Cup, and will link up with his new team-mates after the tournament once the deal is officially confirmed.

Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann has assured fans he will make a decision over his future before the World Cup kicks off.

But after having previously stated that he would announce his decision before France's opening World Cup game on Saturday, Griezmann chose to keep shtum.

Lemar's move to join 2017/18's La Liga runners-up comes following a summer of speculation last season whereby Arsenal and Liverpool fought it out for the talented winger's signature, although in the end, neither club proved successful.

'Over the next days, both clubs will work to close the agreement for the definitive transfer'.

Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire for Barcelona to spend big to land Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, insisting that his side's Champions League hopes may depend on it.

France coach Didier Deschamps prohibits players from undergoing negotiations during tournaments, pushing Griezmann towards making a decision.

"Today is not the day to talk about my future", he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"However, today is not the time, nor the place, to say what it is".

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