In an hour-long TV special aired by Spanish network Movistar+ on Thursday evening, the France forward revealed the angst he faced in deciding between the two clubs before choosing to stay at Atletico – the club he joined from Real Sociedad in 2014.
The news will come as a boost to the 2017/18 La Liga runners-up, who were braced to lose their star player to Barca after much speculation that the Catalan club would trigger Griezmann’s €100 million release clause to secure a move.
Griezmann had said he would make his decision public before France’s World Cup campaign started, with the transfer saga threatening to distract both player and team as they headed into the tournament. They kick-off in Group C against Australia on Saturday.
The 27-year-old also tweeted his decision to stay, timed to coincide with the announcement being made on his TV segment.
Alisson, 25, experienced a fantastic breakthrough season in the Italian capital during 2017/18. He now goes into World Cup 2018 as undisputed No1 for the Canarinha, plus a transfer target for sides across Europe.
AS stated that Los Blancos are putting together a €70 million (Dh298.2m) offer to tempt the Giallorossi into doing business. Competition for the former Internacional shot stopper comes from Liverpool.
A deal will need to be wrapped up quickly as Alisson has stated he wants his future sorted out before Brazil’s first World Cup match. They kick-off their Group E-campaign on Sunday against Switzerland at Rostov Arena.
“The two clubs are talking. Jorginho is in Brazil and waiting to find out what his future will be,” Jose Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “We have a verbal agreement with Manchester City, we are waiting for Napoli and the English to find an agreement.
“With a club like City, the names of the players they’re interested in always leak, but if the clubs can’t reach an agreement, there’s no point moving forward.
“Everything is in the hands of Aurelio De Laurentiis and Manchester City’s president. I can’t give you a date for when the talks will be complete.”
Speculation this week has suggested that the two clubs are still some distance apart over a transfer fee, with Napoli setting a minimum asking price of £50 million and holding out for more, while City are looking to seal a deal for an initial £44m.
“The only certainty is that Jorginho will play in a blue shirt next year,” Santos added.