Barcelona were growing confident on Sunday night that Antoine Griezmann will join them from Atletico Madrid next summer.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu met with the Frenchman’s family earlier this week to finalise a deal for next year.
It is understood that Bartomeu shared a meal with Griezmann’s sister, who helps manage the 26-year-old’s affairs, and his parents in Barcelona.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu met Antoine Griezmann’s family to discuss deal
The forward looks a step closer to moving to the Catalan club next June for £88million
After Barcelona’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, club director Guillermo Amor said the meeting could be considered a sign of progress.
‘If Bartomeu met with Griezmann’s family as the newspapers say, then there may well have been an approach,’ he explained in an interview with Movistar.
‘Though, I don’t know anything for sure.’ Amor also said it was no surprise such information had become public knowledge given the level of interest there has been in Barcelona’s pursuit of the France international.
Bartomeu had a meal with the Frenchman’s parents and sister, who helps manage the forward
He added: ‘There is a good relationship, there can also be comfortable conversations. Rumours are inevitable in the football world.
‘In Griezmann’s case there are many people we talk to; it’s our obligation to have contact with players.’
Amor’s comments came before Griezmann disgraced himself on social media by sharing a picture of him blacked up for a Christmas party on Sunday night.
Griezmann took the decision to ‘black up’ as an NBA All Star for a party on Sunday