Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann

Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar

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

The 22-year-old is now at the World Cup with France, who are due to play their first game of the tournament on Saturday against Australia. This is because he, alongside whichever club he named, would be liable to sanctions from Federation Internationale de Football Association seeing as the player has a valid contract with Atletico Madrid and no offer has officially been made yet.

Griezmann has called on Atletico to invest more in their squad, and Lemar's arrival is a sign the La Liga runners-up are taking their star's advice.

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

France coach Didier Deschamps said one part of Antoine Griezmann's club future was clear - the Atletico Madrid forward is staying in Spain.

Lemar, 22, has become a regular fixture in the France national team squad since making his global debut in 2016.

However, at a press conference in Russian Federation on Tuesday, 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. "The decision will be made at the right time".

Griezmann, 27, had been whispered as a transfer target of almost every big club on Earth for several seasons, with Barcelona the latest and most often linked to the Frenchman.

Lemar, who joined Monaco from Caen in 2015, was a key player for the principality club when they reached the Champions League semifinals in the 2016-17 season.

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