There has been yet another twist in theAntoine Griezmanntransfer saga as Barcelona emerge as the newest club to register their interest in the Frenchman. Antoine Griezmannhas been rumored to leave Atletico Madrid since the end of last season and after a below-average campaign in La Liga, Manchester United emerged as favorites to finally land their long-term target. Griezmann himself refused to deny reports linking him to Old Trafford. Speaking on a French television show, Quotidien, Griezmann was quoted by the Independent as saying there is a "six" out of 10 chance he will play for Manchester United next season. However, there is another twist to the story as Spanish newspaperDon Balonhas reported that Barcelona are interested in signing the forward to bolster their attack.
Barcelona recently lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid after five years and bowed out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to Juventus. WithLuis Enriquealso set to leave in the summer, Barcelona are in need of quality players if they wish to regain glory next season. The report byDon Balonstated that Barcelona are looking at two options to pave the way for Griezmann - either by selling Neymar and directly replacing him with Griezmann or playing Messi in a deeper midfield role and allow the Frenchman to play in the centre-forward role. While it is unlikely that Griezmann will go to a rival club in La Liga, the news will still be a blow to Manchester United, who know they cannot match the guarantee of silverware Barcelona offers at this point.
Chelsea will reportedly announce a new contract extension for managerAntonio Contefollowing Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal. The Italian coach has had an excellent maiden season in English management after having guided the Blues to their fifth Premier League title with a record tally of 30 wins. Conte's team started in slow fashion with defeats toLiverpoolandArsenalin mid-September, but the change to the 3-4-3 formation did wonders en route to their Premier League triumph. Speculation from La Gazzetta dello Sport recently cited that the 47-year-old could be heading back to Serie A with Inter Milan prepared to offer him a bumper wage package. However, the Nerazzurri plans are likely to be dashed with the Blues' hierarchy having settled on a contract agreement with Conte which will be announced after the Wembley clash, The Star reports. Conte will be keen to guard against complacency this weekend when he faces off againstArsene Wenger's side, who are desperate to have a good ending to their season.