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Messi opens up on potential Griezmann deal

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that signing players of the calibre of Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann is exactly what the Catalan club need to do to once again challenge for the Champions League.

Griezmann, who almost joined Manchester United last summer, has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp in recent months with the Blaugrana hierarchy said to be willing to match the France international £85 million buy out clause.

Several reports have even suggested that Messi has rubber stamped the deal, although the Argentina captain has once again denied that he has a major influence on who Barca decide to sign.

“I don’t know if he’s a priority.” Messi said.

“I’m in agreement that to get back to winning the Champions League we have to have the best players. And Griezmann is one of them. If the club sign him, brilliant.

“I don’t know if he’s the priority. It depends on the technical secretary and coach. I’m just saying that to win the Champions League you need to have the best. And he is very good!”

Griezmann left France as a teenager to play for Real Sociedad before joining Atletico Madrid in 2014. Under the guidance of Diego Simeone, the 27-year-old has developed into one of Europe’s deadliest finishers and he is expected to be one of the stars of this summers World Cup in Russia.

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