Thomas Lemar: Atletico Madrid reach agreement to sign Monaco and France winger

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Atletico Madrid have announced they have made an agreement in principle with Monaco to sign midfielder Thomas Lemar.

Both clubs announced a "preliminary agreement" on a transfer, with Atletico saying the clubs will work together to complete the details.

They claim that Griezmann has chose to join Barcelona.

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A source close to the deal told AFP the transfer fee would be around €75 million, with the Guadeloupe-born player's contract running out in 2020.

Having become an established part of the first team in 2015-16, Lemar kicked on further, turning out 34 times in the French top flight and returning nine goals and 11 assists.

Atletico Madrid are clearly convinced by Lemar's vast talent, and, should he continue to improve, he should prove an intelligent purchase. In fact he played 35 games for Monaco, showing his best form at the latter end of the season.

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Antoine Griezmann says he has made a decision on his future but refused to clarify where he will play next season when he spoke to reporters at France's World Cup camp in Russian Federation on Tuesday.

"He promised that everything would be sorted before the World Cup, it's not going to be the case".

Monaco's exploits saw Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoué Bakayoko among those to move on last summer, while Kylian Mbappe moved to PSG on loan with a view to a permanent move.

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Now it is Griezmann signing the autographs and carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.

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