Barcelona are still working on a deal to bring one-time Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann to the Nou Camp, according to AS.
Barcelona have even reserved the No 7 shirt for him, left vacant since the departure of Arda Turan.
The La Liga side want to sign the Atletico Madrid forward and Brazilian midfielder Arthur to complete their next rebuilding phase and secure their long-term future as a dominant force in Europe.
Having seen his buyout clause temporarily rise to €200m in light of Atletico’s transfer ban being upheld last summer, Griezmann will be available for half that at the end of the season. Barça are willing to pay the necessary €100m and have made sure the 26-year-old wants to sign.
Coach Ernesto Valverde is said to be a big admirer, having witnessed Griezmann from afar as an opposition manager for almost a decade. And Sport’s report claims that the Frenchman is one of the players the senior figures in the Barça like most.