Diego Simeone has willingly added fuel one of the hottest transfer stories by admitting that star striker Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer and those rumours haven’t gone away – despite it being commonly known that Barcelona are generally accepted to have reached an agreement with the Frenchman.

The development is at least confirmation that the player will be on his way; hopefully confirmation about his destination will be just as swiftly forthcoming to end the ‘saga’.