Atlético de Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has announced that he will leave at the end of this season after five years.
The World Cup winner signed a five-year contract in June, but the league match against Levante on Saturday is the last match for the club.
Barcelona pays the purchase clause in the Griezmann contract of 120 million euros.
“It has been an incredible five years, thanks for everything,” he said.
“I wanted to tell the fans that they have always given me so much love that I made the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” the 28-year-old added in a video on Twitter. .
“The truth is that it was difficult to take this route, but it is what I feel I need and I want to thank everyone for the love they have shown me during these five years.”
The Frenchman has scored 133 goals in 256 games with Atlético since joining the Real Sociedad Española team in 2014.
He won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time at Atlético and was the team’s top scorer in each of the last five seasons.
Griezmann rejected an offer from Barcelona last year and revealed his thinking process in a documentary called “The Decision”.
Atlético has also informed Barcelona FIFA about an alleged illegal approach in December 2017.
Griezmann will be the third high-profile player to leave Atlético this summer after defender Lucas Hernández has agreed to join Bayern Munich and Captain Diego Godin announced that he would leave with his contract to expire.
Coutinho to leave Barcelona? analysis
The upcoming transfer from Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona will call into question the future of Philippe Coutinho at the Camp Nou.
Coutinho has been struggling to reach the highest level since he went to Liverpool in January 2018 for £ 142 million, and the sources I have mentioned say that Griezmann’s arrival at Atlético de Madrid is likely to be the start of the Brazilian.
There will also inevitably be speculation around Luis Suárez, but he has contributed more than Coutinho and it seems that the Uruguayan will stay this summer before he may be able to leave within a year.
If Coutinho continues, I hear that a possible destination is Chelsea. The 26-year-old would be one of the contenders to replace Eden Hazard, should Belgium move to Real Madrid.
The desire of Chelsea to make signatures, however, depends on the outcome of an appeal against their prohibition of transfer to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.