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    Philippe Coutinho’s agent responds to Barcelona’s Griezmann move


    Griezmann set for Camp Nou move

    Philippe Coutinho’s agent has denied that a Barcelona move for Antoine Griezmann would signal his clients’ departure this summer.

    Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann announced on Tuesday that he will leave Atleti in the summer transfer window.

    That comes just one year after he signed a new five-year deal in Madrid.

    Speaking out on social media, Griezmann explained it was the right time for him to move on.

    “The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years,” he explained in a video on Twitter.

    Now, Barcelona are expected to trigger his release clause and there are now questions over the future of Philippe Coutinho.

    MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Wanda Metropolitano on December 8, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

    Will Coutinho be sacrificed?

    The Brazilian has struggled since joining Barcelona from Liverpool.

    Coutinho only scored five La Liga goals in the last campaign and his poor performances have lead to suggestions he could leave.

    Chelsea were linked with a move this week, with reports suggesting Coutinho could be targeted as the Blues look to replace Eden Hazard if he leaves for Real Madrid.

     

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    Griezmann’s impending move hasn’t helped rumours but now Coutinho’s agent has responded by claiming the Frenchman’s signing would have no impact on Philippe’s future.

    “It’s untrue that Griezmann is going to replace Philippe at Barcelona,” he explained to 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.”

    Whether Coutinho will leave Barcelona this summer is yet to be seen, but Griezmann’s arrival won’t have any effect on the Brazilian’s future.

     

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