Benfica Lisbon and Manchester City have reached an agreement for the transfer of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, who will join the team of Pep Guardiola for 40 million euros, said on June 1, 2017 the Portuguese club.
City sources say the transfer can not be concluded until the third-party element is resolved to the Premier League's satisfaction.
Benfica said also that half of the fee would be paid to unidentified "third parties", an element that could slow completion of a deal.
The fee is close to the world record for a goalkeeper, with Juventus paying 40.2 million euros when they signed Gianluigi Buffon from Serie A rivals Parma in 2001.
Earlier this week, the club's England goalkeeper Joe Hart confirmed he would be leaving Torino after a season-long loan.
They have already paid Monaco a reported 43 million pounds for Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva. Atletico had lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as a potential replacement for Griezmann.
Federation Internationale de Football Association imposed a one-year ban on Atletico last year for signing dozens of youth players in breach of rules that prevent worldwide child trafficking and luring youngsters from their home country.
United were expected to trigger the £87million release clause in Griezmann's contract but sources suggest Jose Mourinho's main priority is now to search for an out-and-out striker rather than a player to operate in the number ten role. Atletico denied wrongdoing, though it agreed not to sign players in the January transfer window while its appeal at CAS went ahead.