Multiple reports on Tuesday afternoon have alleged that the Spanish side are to report their La Liga rivals to FIFA over what they deem to be an illegal approach for the French international.
Griezmann was the subject of a widely-publicised bid from Manchester United in the summer, and at one point looked nailed-on to be leaving for Old Trafford, but Atleti’s complaint is only focusing on Barca’s conduct.
In particular, reports over the weekend alleged that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu had met with members of Griezmann’s camp to discuss initial terms, and club director Guillermo Amor seemed to implicitly confirm that a meeting had, in fact, taken place between the two parties – an occurrence that would give Atletico just grounds for an official complaint to the governing body.
Griezmann signed a new contract with Diego Simeone’s side at the beginning of the season, and although that is theoretically supposed to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2022, it’s widely accepted that he will be leaving the 2014 Spanish champions in the relatively near future.
Whether his next club turns out to be Barca remains to be seen but Atletico going so far as to report them to FIFA would likely cause relations between the two clubs to deteriorate. How Barca proceed from here will also be intruiging, given the fact that they received a transfer ban in 2014 and are probably desperate to avoid another one.
Interestingly, the original Marca report suggests that part of Barcelona’s open pursuit of Griezmann is, in part, an effort to destabilise Atletico’s season and throw their title bid off course. Just six points separate the two in the table with both still unbeaten – and with Los Rojiblancos’ Champions League season over already, the league will probably take priority now for Simeone.