Liverpool-linked Lemar on way to La Liga

  • Liverpool-linked Lemar on way to La Liga

Liverpool-linked Lemar on way to La Liga

But any desire to sign Lemar was ended when Atletico Madrid reached a preliminary agreement with AS Monaco to sign the 22-year-old on Tuesday.

He's now preparing for the World Cup with France but given how far along the Liverpool transfer was, there's every chance his head is still on Merseyside.

Multiple people within Antoine Griezmann's inner circle say they want him to stay at Atletico Madrid rather than join Barcelona next season, sources close to the forward told ESPN FC's Julien Laurens.

Lemar was strongly linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal last season but is now set for a move to the Wanda Metropolitano.

"The two clubs will continue to work in the coming days in order to find a definitive agreement".

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Unai Emery is eager to boost his squad for next season. Pic David Price Arsenal FC via Getty Images

On Tuesday Griezmann revealed he has made a decision regarding a potential summer transfer to Barcelona, but isn't ready to make that decision public.

But instead Griezmann wanted only to talk about his and France's preparations for their opening game of the World Cup against Australia on Saturday.

Griezmann's intention is to make an announcement where he will explain his decision and the motives behind it.

France boss Didier Deschamps predicted earlier in the week that Griezmann will not be leaving La Liga, telling the French press that he "will remain in Spain".

Since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014, Griezmann has scored 112 goals in all competitions for Atletico and finished each season as the club's top scorer.