Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid if the right offer comes, manager Diego Simeone has confirmed.
The French forward remained at the club for an extra season after they were handed a transfer ban, despite being heavily linked with Manchester United.
However, Simeone has now said the 26-year-old could leave the club.
"Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave," the Argentine told l'Equipe.
"I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful.
"If a player comes to me and says: 'coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave'.
"If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I'll say it's no problem. I know that he needs to grow.
Barcelona are also said to be interested in Griezmann, following the £200million transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
Well, that's that then. Such an open admission by Simeone almost certainly means his star asset will leave the club. He's effectively saying: 'If the offer is good enough, he can leave'.
As if this transfer saga has not rumbled on for long enough already, expect it to intensify even further in the coming weeks, with Griezmann likely to be heading to Manchester United or Barcelona.