Thomas Lemar: Atletico Madrid reach 'preliminary agreement' to sign Monaco winger

Griezmann: Australia won't be easy

Griezmann: Australia won't be easy

Atletico said in a statement on their official website: "Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club".

Lemar is now away on worldwide duty with France and both clubs will be keen to finalise the transfer before the start of the World Cup, which gets underway on Thursday.

Arsenal failed to sign Lemar, 22, in last summer's transfer window, while he was also a £60m target for Liverpool.

The Catalan giants have been heavily linked with the 27-year-old over the past few months, but it has now been claimed that Los Rojiblancos have done enough to persuade him to stay.

France play their opening game of the tournament on Saturday against Australia.

Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann confirmed he would announce his future in the coming days.

Catalunya Radio reported that Barca remain confident of signing Griezmann as coach Ernesto Valverde was reassured by the club's hierarchy over a meal last week that the forward would be part of his squad next season.

"Today is not the day to talk about my future", he told reporters at the press conference before he began to answer any questions, only adding that, "Yes I have already made a decision about my future".

The forward said it "wasn't the time nor the place" to explain where he would be playing next season. I know that many of you were waiting for [his decision], but I will not be revealing it today.

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