Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid this summer.
The French striker will bring to an end a five-year stint with the Spanish outfit, with the club informing supporters of his decision via Twitter.
They uploaded a video of the 28-year-old paying tribute to the fans. He said (quoted by BBC Sport): “It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything.
“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.”
Griezmann has been tipped to join Barcelona this summer, with the Catalan giants rumoured to be wanting a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, who is now 32.
Football fans far and wide began to speculate about Griezmann’s next move, and whether his transfer might trigger other deals.
Arsenal fans react
With Barcelona seemingly in pole position to sign the World Cup winner, a number of Arsenal fans wondered if that would mean either Ousmane Dembele or Malcom would potentially become available for a move.
Both wingers – worth a combined £172 million (Malcom £36.5 million via BBC Sport and Dembele £135.5 million via BBC Sport) – have been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past, and some Gunners supporters couldn’t help but let the mind run wild:
This makes Coutinho/Malcom and even Dembele surplus to requirements. I reckon a return to LFC would be a great deal for Coutinho and the club.
Arsenal should be all over Malcom/Dembele but this all depends on if we get the CL
— مُحمّد (@Mahalildn1) 14 May 2019
If Griezman is joining Barcelona does that mean Arsenal can finally get Dembele?
— Denizo🇰🇪 (@Denking15) 14 May 2019
O.Dembele to Arsenal please🙏. next
— Alexander Mezher (@AlexanderMezhe1) 15 May 2019
What happens to Dembele & Malcom? Surely Sanllehi must be interested & involved. #AFC
— Harsh (@i_salian) 15 May 2019
If Griezmann is off to Barcelona can we get Malcom. OK, I’d love Dembele but he’s too injury prone and he’s price will be too much for us. Ama we try and get Coutinho loooool.
— What is a personality? (@Brian_gooner) 15 May 2019
If Griezmann leaves, either of Malcom or Dembele would have to leave and this is where Arsenal can capitalize if they miss out on Pepe.
Barcelona are in for a massive haul with De Jong, Griezmann, De Ligt in so far and more as targets to come. There’ll be many leaving as well.
— farhAAn (@farhaannitrate) 14 May 2019
Barca signing Griez, hopefully this means dembele or malcom to arsenal….I’ll take anyone of thise two to help our wingplay becos honestly it’s non-existent.
— MoreDayMore$™ (@sawDiq) 14 May 2019