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Atletico Madrid land Barcelona and Real Madrid target at the 11th hour

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According to French sports daily L'Equipe, Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta visited Monaco earlier this month and has managed to strike a deal with the Principality club.

The France worldwide, now in Russian Federation with Les Bleus for the World Cup, joined Monaco in 2015 from Caen and made his global debut in November 2016.

"The decision has been taken but it is not the time or the place to talk about it", he said.

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

Both Barcelona and Manchester United have expressed interest in the forward, who has a release clause of €200m.

Chelsea appear to have lost out to Atletico Madrid in the race to sign AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. I know that many of you were waiting for [his decision], but I will not be revealing it today.

During a film that was screened just two weeks before France won the 1998 World Cup, Thierry Henry can be seen autographing souvenirs for a couple of young fans.

Griezmann's future has been the subject of intense speculation.

The 22-year-old has notched 18 assists in 64 appearances for the club, helping to add even more creativity to an already talented front line at Atletico.

But last week Lionel Messi said he was sure he would link up well with Griezmann were he to move to the Camp Nou.

He has scored three goals in 12 matches with the national team since his November 2016 debut.

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