Thomas Lemar: Atletico Madrid reach agreement to sign Monaco and France winger

Grant SmithJun 13, 2018

Atletico Madrid have struck a £58m (R1.04b) deal with AS Monaco for midfielder Thomas Lemar further fuelling speculation that attacking talisman Antoine Griezmann will depart in the off-season.

Well, it just wasn't meant to be as Atletico Madrid announced that they have reached an agreement in principal for the 22-year-old playing club ball in the principality of Monaco.

Last season, Antoine Griezmann was superb for Atletico Madrid after helping the Spanish club to win the 2017/18 Europa League title.

He's now preparing for the World Cup with France but given how far along the Liverpool transfer was, there's every chance his head is still on Merseyside.

Lemar was strongly linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal last season but is now set for a move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

However, at a national team press conference in Russian Federation, the 27-year-old repeatedly laughed off questions regarding a potential move before claiming he has made up his mind where he will be playing next season.

"Today is not the day to talk about my future", he said at a press conference on Tuesday. "The decision will be made at the right time".

"It's good that you're taking an interest", Griezmann said after France's 1-1 friendly draw with the United States.

His refusal to answer questions on Tuesday means links with Barcelona are sure to continue until any formal announcement is made by either club.

Griezmann is looking to cap another spectacular club season, in which he scored 29 goals in 49 games as Atletico finished runners-up in La Liga behind Barcelona and lifted the UEFA Europa League.

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