Atletico Madrid has dragged Barcelona to FIFA for an illegal contact about transfer talks with Antoine Griezmann.

Barcelona director Guillermo Amor told Movistar on Sunday that president Josep Maria Bartomeu may have made contact with the French forward’s family who are also his representatives about a likely transfer as he has been repeatedly linked with the Catalan club in the Spanish media

“Atletico Madrid has presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player, and his people,” Atletico said.

“Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are currently top and Atletico are second.”

Barcelona has been a victim of transfer issues just a few seasons ago as they were punished with a one-year transfer ban in 2014 for signing under-age players by FIFA. The club has yet to respond when pressed for their comment.

FIFA also confirmed that they had received the formal complaint from Atletico, but had no further comment at this stage.

Antoine Griezmann, 26 had signed a new Atletico contract in June until 2022, with a €100m release clause.