Atletico ask league to block Griezmann's registration

Atletico ask league to block Griezmann's registration

The Croatia global has been linked with a move away from Barcelona for weeks to make way for the incoming Frenkie de Jong, who has signed in a big money deal from Ajax.

Despite Rakitic's desire to remain in Catalonia, Valverde told reporters after the club's 2-1 pre-season defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday, that he is unsure of the Croatian's future.

The side is without some of its big stars: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Coutinho and Arthur, who were all on global duty at the 2019 Copa America.

The Premier League side preferred to sit back and wait for the best moment to counter-attack.

He played 18 times as Reading, with the side losing just four games in that period. The striker made up for that miss soon after, though, coolly rounding Ter Stegen and slotting into an empty net after Jorginho had cut out Sergio Busquets' sloppy pass on the edge of the penalty area. Rafinha, Carles Perez and Carles Alena all tested Kepa with low strikes in the opening stages of the second half.

Barcelona are playing Chelsea in a friendly match in Japan and the Brazilian-born midfielder wasted no time to get in the thick of the action.

Barcelona angered Atletico when they attempted to negotiate Griezmann's £108m fee, with the Madrid club claiming they wanted to delay the payment.

With Chelsea now under a transfer ban, they are unable to sign any new players, leaving them with just Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi as recognised senior strikers.

Chelsea face Barcelona on Tuesday morning in at 11.30am kick off United Kingdom time, live on the Chelsea website and the 5th Stand App.

Barcelona managed to react but it was too little too late.

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