Due to the option to buy his loan, Antoine Griezmann becomes the victim of a disagreement between Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona. To avoid paying the amount fixed with Barça, the Madrid club voluntarily reduces the Frenchman’s playing time. An uncomfortable situation for the attacker who may have a solution.
As the 2022 World Cup approaches, Antoine Griezmann’s situation is worrying. Especially since the attacker of Atletico Madrid has no power over this file. The Frenchman is having an interesting start to the season and would probably deserve a starting spot. But the former Real Sociedad player only played the last half hour of the first three La Liga fixtures. The fault of a clause which appears in his contract.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 29, 2022
As a reminder, Antoine Griezmann is starting his second season on loan at Atlético Madrid, who will have to pay the option to buy (40 million euros) if he plays at least half of the matches for which he is available on the two years. Note that a match is only counted after 45 minutes played. This is why the Madrid club, which wishes to revise the amount of the transfer downwards, voluntarily reduces the playing time of the tricolor international.
A way to force Barça to negotiate. Which doesn’t seem to affect coach Diego Simeone. ” They know me for ten years, I’m a club man and always will be “Replied the Atletico Madrid coach, without reassuring his striker. As a result, Barça called on its legal department, announces Cadena COPE. The objective would be to detect irregularities or evidence of bad faith among the Colchoneros.
The Griezmann clan reacts
A priori, the initiative will lead to nothing. And meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann’s agent is trying to find a solution. The intermediary would have offered Barça to reduce his price, and Atlético to conclude the transfer during the season. Thus, the famous purchase option would no longer exist. It remains to be seen whether the two clubs will accept this idea. We will have to end up finding common ground, otherwise we risk ruining the season for the world champion.