Ernesto Valverde Reveals Why Barcelona Haven't Signed Antoine Griezmann Yet

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that the club are in talks to sign Antoine Griezmann, but he has revealed why a deal has not been finalised.

The 28-year-old forward said that he would leave Atlético Madrid at the end of the season, with it initially reported that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were ready to challenge the Spanish club over his signature.

However, City boss Pep Guardiola and PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel have both ruled out a move for the World Cup-winning Frenchman.

According to Valverde, the club won't push through a deal for the Atlético ace, who has a €120m release clause, before the final of the Copa del Rey this week.

"It is correct that contact has been made over this deal, and this is ongoing," he explained (via Football Espana).

"However, the season is not yet over for us and we still have a Copa del Rey final to play.

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"We must stay focused on winning both domestic titles. After the final, there will be time for these things.

"At the moment, there is no update and we do not talk about players from other teams."

Barcelona might be licking their wounds from their Champions League exit to Liverpool in the semi-finals, but with the La Liga title secured, the Spanish champions are looking to secure some more silverware before the season is out.

Valverde's side will play against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

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While it was initially reported that Lionel Messi had a hand in Griezmann going to Barcelona, recent reports have denied that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had made contact with him.

However, there have been rumblings that Barcelona players -- and even fans -- are not blown away by the idea of landing Griezmann in the summer.

Griezmann announced his intentions of leaving Los Rojiblancos in a video message, thanking fans for their support during his five years at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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"I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges," he said.

"The truth is it has been difficult to take this route, but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years."

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