Atletico Madrid files Federation Internationale de Football Association case against FC Barcelona over Antoine Griezmann

Barcelona great Rivaldo mad a big claim ahead of the El Clasico

The France worldwide, who is under contract with the capital club until 2021-22, has been linked to moves to moves away from the capital over the past year, with Manchester United among the teams mentioned.

It is believed that Atletico Madrid are set to report FC Barcelona for reportedly approaching Antoine Griezmann.

McLeman reported the Red Devils were linked with a move for the player ahead of this campaign, with Griezmann himself teasing there was a "six out of 10" chance of him making the switch to Old Trafford.

And a FIFA spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint from Atletico de Madrid".

Speaking to Movistar, Barcelona's director of institutional relations Guillermo Amor did not deny the claims, saying: "Maybe there's been a meeting and things have advanced, although I don't know".

A statement on the Madrid club's official website read, "Atletico Madrid have presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his people".

In 2014, Federation Internationale de Football Association handed the club a one-year transfer ban, which encompassed two transfer windows and was served in 2015, after the illegal recruitment of foreign minors.

Atletico's aggressive response to Barcelona's behaviour indicates that they have no intention of selling their star striker, despite the fact that the release clause in his contract is an eye-watering €100m (£88.4m).

"Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are now top and Atletico are second".

But, complaint or otherwise, if Barcelona meet the Frenchman's buyout and he wants the Camp Nou switch, there appears little Atletico can do to prevent the move from happening.

"If you look at (Greizmann), at Atletico he needs to play with a No.9".

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