June 12, 2018 / 9:03 PM / 6 days ago

Atletico Madrid agree preliminary deal for France’s Lemar

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid have agreed a preliminary deal to sign Thomas Lemar from French club AS Monaco, the Europa League winners announced on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - France Press Conference - Domaine de Montjoye, Clairefontaine, France - June 5, 2018 France's Thomas Lemar during the press conference REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Midfielder Lemar, who is currently on international duty with France, is expected to join the Spanish club once the World Cup is over.

“Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco have achieved a preliminary agreement over the transfer of Thomas Lemar to our club,” read an Atletico club statement.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - France Press Conference - Domaine de Montjoye, Clairefontaine, France - June 5, 2018 France's Thomas Lemar during the press conference REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“Over the next days, both clubs will work to close the agreement for the definitive transfer.”

The announcement comes on the same day that Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann refused to comment on his future, amid media speculation he is on the verge of joining domestic rivals Barcelona.

Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli; Editing by Toby Davis

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