Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid & Barcelona near cut-price agreement

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are reportedly close to agreeing a cut-price fee for the permanent transfer of Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman, 31, has been forced to endure limited amounts of gametime at Atletico this season due to a controversial clause in his loan contract.

The clause, as Atletico interpreted it, stated that should Griezman play in 50% or more of the club’s total gametime across his two-year loan spell with them, then they would be obliged to pay Barcelona £35 million.

Those conditions were met in Griezmann’s first season with the Mattresses.

However, now in his second season on loan at the club, Diego Simeone has chosen to consistently sub Griezmann on after the 60th minute in every fixture to date – thereby avoiding the required transfer conditions.

Needless to say, whilst that’s undoubtedly frustrated Griezmann, it rattled Barcelona’s cage even more.

We reported last week that the Catalan club were even considering pursuing legal action against Atletico over the incident, claiming that the transfer clause had already been activated last season and that they were therefore due payment.

But in the latest twist in the saga, it seems the clubs have been negotiating behind the scenes in an attempt to find a solution to satisfy everyone.

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MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 07: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Atletico Madrid and FC Porto at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium on September 07, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

According to L’Equipe, per The Daily Mail, a compromise may have been reached which would see Atletico pay a reduced fee to sign Griezmann permanently.

The French newspaper went on to suggest that said fee could somewhere in the region of £22 million, nearly half what Barcelona were originally demanding.

And that the conclusion of the deal would come with great relief for poor Griezmann, who’s hoping to get some more consistent gametime in order to stake his claim for France’s World Cup squad which is announced later this year.

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So far this season, Griezmann has contributed three goals to the Atletico cause despite being limited to half-an-hour cameos every time he plays.

Which makes his frustrations all the more understandable. He’s in top-form and so it’s only right that he be playing the part he’s entitled to.

Let’s hope the transfer goes through and Griezmann’s performances continue on the upward trajectory they have been ahead of this winter’s World Cup.

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