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Barcelona, Atletico Madrid close to an agreement to lower Griezmann’s €40m fee to €25m

In a major development, as reported by journalist Loic Tanzi, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are close to reaching an agreement that would settle the dispute surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s permanent purchase clause.

The two clubs have been at loggerheads for a while now over the €40 million permanent buy clause entered in the loan agreement in 2021.

While Barcelona have been insisting that the clause has already been triggered after the Frenchman’s first season on loan, Atletico believe that it would come into effect only after Griezmann played at least 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for across his two loan seasons.

It has led to Los Rojiblancos regulating Griezmann’s minutes this season, using him only after the 60th-minute mark to ensure that he does not play anywhere close to 45 minutes in a game.

Barcelona, frustrated by Atletico’s tactics, were planning a lawsuit against their La Liga rivals. However, it seems like the two clubs have talked things over and reached an agreement to settle the matter.

As per the update, Barcelona have now agreed to accept a reduced payment of €25 million from Atletico Madrid for the permanent transfer of Griezmann. The Colchoneros are seemingly happy to pay that figure instead of the €40 million that was agreed in the deal earlier.

With the agreement said to be close, it would allow Diego Simeone to use Griezmann normally and not regulate his minutes any longer. The 31-year-old has been in good form despite his reduced game-time and will relish the opportunity to play more regularly.

As for Barcelona, while they will have to settle for a lower fee, they avoid the risk of carrying his €38 million yearly wages next season if Atletico would not sign him permanently.

Source link : https://barcauniversal.com/barcelona-atletico-madrid-close-to-an-agreement-to-lower-griezmanns-e40m-fee-to-e25m/

Author : Michel Durant

Publish date : 2022-09-13 06:00:00

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