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‘Griezmann won’t replace Coutinho’

May 15, 2019
Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann will not replace Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, according to the Brazilian midfielder’s agent.

Griezmann revealed on Tuesday evening that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the current campaign after five years with the club.

Sky Sports News understands Barcelona are set to pay the France World Cup-winner’s £108m release clause.

But Andrea Bertolucci, Coutinho’s representative, insists the 26-year-old will not be leaving the Nou Camp if Griezmann is signed.

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“It’s untrue that Griezmann is going to replace Philippe at Barcelona,” Bertolucci told Spanish newspaper AS.

“I don’t know why they are saying that. I don’t know about that and that’s why I don’t want to talk anymore, but it’s false.”

Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £146m in January 2018, but has since failed to recapture his best form for the Catalan club.

He has struggled in La Liga this season, scoring only five times in 33 matches, and also came in for widespread criticism for his performance in Barca’s 4-0 Champions League defeat at Liverpool last week.

Coutinho still has four years remaining on his contract, which includes a 400m Euros (£354.6m) buyout clause.

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