It has been confirmed Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid this summer, but there is no chance the France superstar will be signing for Manchester City.
A host of top European clubs have entered the race for the 28-year-old Atleti forward, with Barcelona favourites to capture a long-term target of theirs.
The LaLiga champions are understood to be ready to pay Griezmann’s €120million buyout clause, though there remains interest in the World Cup winner from Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-German and Manchester United.
Manchester City were also linked with Griezmann earlier this week, with Pep Guardiola, the club’s manager, hoping to further improve his already superb side.
Despite claiming successive Premier League titles, Guardiola has failed to fulfil the City hierarchy’s greatest desire – winning the Champions League.
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The club are expected to invest heavily in Guardiola’s playing squad again this summer in a bid to finally claim the European Cup, but Griezmann will not be heading to the Etihad.
And according to Guardiola, it’s, surprisingly, due to City’s finances.
Speaking in his press conference before Saturday’s FA Cup final against Watford, Guardiola said: “Don’t worry Barcelona, we’re not going to buy Antoine Griezmann.
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“We can’t afford him.”
Guardiola also moved quickly to deny claims he will leave Manchester City this summer to take charge of Juventus, who confirmed earlier today manager Max Allegri will be leaving his post at the end of the season after five incredibly successful years.
“I’m not going to Juventus or to Italy,” the former Barcelona boss added. “I have two more years here, I’m not going to move.
“I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere. Next season I will be manager of Man City.”
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