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Key details of the standoff between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid over Griezmann

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are currently entrenched in a legal battle over the transfer of Antoine Griezmann.

Barça are ready to take legal measures in an attempt to intervene in Atletico’s plan to avoid paying the €40 million purchase clause that was embedded in Griezmann’s loan deal by exploiting a certain loophole in the deal.

While Atleti are obliged to pay €40 million for Griezmann at the end of the season, the clause only comes into effect if he plays 50% of the available matches. But in order for a match to be counted, the player must play at least 45 minutes in a particular matchday.

Atletico Madrid are exploiting this loophole by introducing Griezmann only after the hour mark. The player is yet to even feature in 45 minutes of a single game this season and pass the criteria, thus forcing Barcelona to seek legal measures.

A new report from COPE has offered useful updates on the legal details of this standoff between Barça and Atleti.

First things first, Griezmann already featured in 30 of the 37 available matches last season, meaning he passed 81% of the criteria in the corresponding campaign.

However, in order for Atletico to meet the overall criteria, they would have to play him in a certain number of matches to cross the 50% mark across two seasons.

Assuming Griezmann will be available for 50 matches during the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, he will have to play 10 more matches, in order for Los Rojiblancos to pay €40 million for his services.

But this is where the lines get blurred. Since the clause only attains to the number of matches where the player is available, an injury to Griezmann could be devastating for Atletico Madrid.

Hypothetically, if Griezmann picks up an injury and spends four months on the sidelines, missing 16/18 matches in the process, he would only need a few matches to meet the criteria.

For example, if the Frenchman is available for 37 matches this season, just like the 2021/22 campaign, he will only have to play at…


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Author : Connell Edgar-Jones

Publish date : 2022-09-11 14:29:19

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