Antoine Griezmann gets autographs from France 1998 World Cup heroes

Florence Fletcher
June 14, 2018

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

Didier Deschamps left many top stars out of his World Cup squad but kept faith with Lemar, who scored recently for France in a win over Colombia and bagged a brace past year against the Dutch.

Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign the winger Thomas Lemar for €60m (£52.7m) on the same day Antoine Griezmann refused to commit his future to the Spanish club.

Last weekend, Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann said he would confirm his plans before France begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday.

Griezmann had been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona.

Lemar played a key role for Leonardo Jardim's young side as they ended Paris Saint-Germain's dominance by claiming the Ligue 1 title in impressive fashion in 2016-17. "Yes, I have already made a decision about my future".

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Lemar, 22, has become a regular fixture in the France national team squad since making his worldwide debut in 2016.

"However, today is not the time, nor the place, to say what it is".

Griezmann signed a one-year contract extension with Atletico last summer that runs until 2022.

France coach Didier Deschamps prohibits players from undergoing negotiations during tournaments, pushing Griezmann towards making a decision.

He made his France debut in 2016 and has scored three goals in 12 global games.

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