Antoine Griezmann has reportedly played a significant role in Atletico Madrid's push to sign Alexandre Lacazette.
Reports from beIN SPORTS USA journalist David Cartlidge, via Cadena COPE's 'El Partidazo de COPE', suggest that Atleti CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has in place a verbal agreement with the Olympique Lyon striker for a summer transfer.
It is understood that Griezmann has had a key part in attempting to lure his fellow Frenchman to the Vicente Calderon, and any prospective transfer would help the 25-year-old remain with Los Rojiblancos.
Griezmann is a target for Manchester United who are expected to make an offer at the end of the season.
But it is believed that Griezmann wants to stay in Spain which would be made easier if Lacazette joins in the summer.It's also said on @partidazocope tonight that Atleti and Lacazette have agreed a deal for this summer. Transfer ban permitting. #LaLiga
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) March 20, 2017Atleti's OK from Lacazette is received - in February - and they're confident of the ban being overturned to go ahead with move. #LaLiga
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) March 20, 2017BTW, on Lacazette. It sounds like Griezmann has had input and wanted Atleti to do the deal. As in “this will convince me to stay…" #LaLiga
— David Cartlidge (@davidjaca) March 21, 2017
Additionally, Get French Football News Tweeted, via information from Cadena COPE, that the potential deal is well underway.Miguel Ángel Gil showed Alexandre Lacazette the site for the club's new Wanda Metropolitano stadium in a visit in February, per Cadena COPE.
— Get French Football (@GFFN) March 21, 2017This stadium visit "fascinated" the striker & pushed him to reach a deal with Miguel Ángel Gil in his home in Madrid. (Cadena COPE)
— Get French Football (@GFFN) March 21, 2017