Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann to take €4m-per-year pay cut to join Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann will take a pay cut to join Barcelona

Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann confirmed last night that he will be leaving the club in the summer.

A video was released on the club's official Twitter account, which you view by clicking HERE.

The Frenchman arrived five years ago from Real Sociedad and has gone on to become one of the world's finest players.

But the one thing missing for Griezmann in Madrid has been trophies.

During his time with Diego Simeone's side, he has only won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

For a player of his ilk, that is simply not enough, which would likely explain why he is on the verge of signing for Barcelona.

The Blaugrana have not been officially named as his next destination, but it looks a formality right now.

And French publication L'Equipe have even leaked the details of the contract he will sign in Catalonia.

As per Sport, Griezmann will sign a five-year deal with Barca and will pocket a salary of €17m-per-year.

Griezmann after the game vs Sevilla

While that may seem a lot, it's actually €4m-per-year less than what he is currently earning at Atletico.

Simeone's side were desperate to keep him last summer and handed him an enormous pay rise which heavily disrupted their wage structure.

While Griezmann's official salary will be decreased, L'Equipe also point out that he stands to earn a significant amount more from sponsorships and marketing with the Blaugrana.

To put it simply, the appeal of Barcelona's top players is too much for companies around the world to resist.

Messi & Suarez make millions in sponsorships

It will be intriguing to see where Ernesto Valverde uses his newest superstar next season along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Will the Frenchman slot in ahead of Suarez in a central striking role? Or will he banish Ousmane Dembele to the bench and occupy the left-hand side of attack?

The possibilities are endless for Valverde.

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