Griezmann, 27, has long been chased by La Liga champions Barca – who have been looking to take advantage of the €100 million (Dh428m) release clause in his current deal. Los Rojiblancos, however, have tabled a new contract offer that would remove this exit route and put in place a prohibitive price of termination.
The forward promised he would make a decision before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday and a tweet sent out earlier on Thursday trailed his impending announcement. it featured a pre-recorded interview with Griezmann at his home in the Spanish capital during which he teased his choice.
“You’re fed up with all the talk – am I going, am I staying, how much they will pay me, how much they won’t pay me,” Griezmann said. “But the truth is what I am going to say now…”
The video then fades to black.
This move is a repeat of NBA superstar LeBron James’ live show – that had the same name – by ESPN from 2010 during which he revealed his much-anticipated move to Miami Heat.
Griezmann’s television special will be shown at 23:15 UAE time.
The Ligue 1 side had to dig deep to activate a €222 million (Dh953.4m) release clause in the 26-year-old’s Barcelona contract to land him in August last year.
Asked about his fee, Neymar told www.spox.com: “I’m not proud of the transfer fee, nor of the fact I’m the most expensive player ever.
“That’s just money and nothing else. I cannot help it. Personally, I would have paid less for myself.
“I’m proud that I’ve achieved my childhood goal. That was, and is, most important to me.
“As a player, you always have to show who you are and assert yourself. Just referring to the transfer fee does not help you and says nothing about how good you really are.”
Neymar is currently on World Cup duty in Russia, where Brazil will launch their latest bid for glory against Switzerland on Sunday evening.
The transfer window is well and truly open.
With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white noise.
Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.
Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.
Why it will happen: The French winger has been frustrated at a lack of minutes at Old Trafford and his representative Philippe Lamboley claims “the time has come” for the player to move on after failure to reach a new deal.
Why it won’t happen: Martial may feel a move away from Manchester is a step down in his career.
Prediction: The former Monaco star can reignite his career with another club and would get his confidence back with regular game time elsewhere.
Rating – 8/10
YERRY MINA – BARCELONA TO BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Why it will happen: Barcelona may need to free up a non-EU roster slot to incorporate the incoming Arthur Melo from Gremio, and could be forced to sell the Colombian international, given Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho are essential members of the squad.
Why it won’t happen: The 23-year-old only joined the Catalan side in January on a five-year deal and the club don’t want to sell him.
Prediction: The former Palmeiras man definitely won’t want to leave but the decision may be out of his hands, but with Coutinho hoping to secure a Portuguese passport, Barcelona will do everything they can to keep hold of the defender.
Rating – 3/10
BERND LENO – BAYER LEVERKUSEN TO ARSENAL
Why it will happen: Arsenal are chasing a new goalkeeper this summer as new boss Unai Emery eyes a long-term replacement for 36-year-old Petr Cech. Leno certainly fits the bill given he has underlined his status as the best man between the sticks in the Bundesliga.
Why it won’t happen: Napoli are desperate for more a new goalkeeper and could offer the 26-year-old Champions League football, something out of the North London side’s hands.
Prediction: The Gunners want to rebuild again under Emery this summer and the German remains a key part of his plans.
Rating – 7/10