According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, the Catalan membership noticed Griezmann as the easiest alternative for their Brazilian maestro.
But Barca’s bid of £124m was once unsuccessful, partially as a result of Atletico had been banned by means of UEFA from signing any gamers this summer season.
The Spanish facet had been banned in July 2016 from registering gamers for two switch home windows for breaching Fifa regulations over the signing of minors, which means they’d have beenunable to land a alternative ahead had Griezmann departed.
Griezmann is likely one of the maximum sought-after strikers in Europe, with Manchester United additionally in sizzling pursuit of the Frenchman.
United sooner or later sponsored clear of the participant when Romelu Lukaku changed into to be had however boss Jose Mourinho has stored a watch at the France global.
The 26-year-old has an impressive goalscoring report for Atleti, netting a objective greater than as soon as each two video games in his 163 appearances.
Barcelona discovered themselves beneath monumental drive to make a marquee making a song this summer season after Neymar was once bought to PSG for £200m.
And Lionel Messi it seems that gave the golf green gentle for President Josep Maria Bartomeu to pursue Griezmann.
But they came upon that Atletico had lately raised the discharge clause of the France global to £177m (€200m).
Messi to start with sought after Barca to additionally target Atletico’s Saul Niguez. Barca had been keen to pay £75m for the 22-year-old, however Los Colchoneros rejected the be offering outright.
Barca additionally had more than one makes an attempt to signal Philippe Coutinho rebuffed by means of Liverpool in spite of making more and more large bids.
Instead they landed French ahead Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for £138m and previous Spurs midfielder Paulinho for £36m.