Atletico Madrid Unwilling to Pay €40 Million Transfer Fee for Barcelona Attacker Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid Unwilling to Pay €40 Million Transfer Fee for Barcelona Attacker Antoine Griezmann

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:09 PM
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  • Antoine Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid on a two-season long loan deal from FC Barcelona
  • Atletico Madrid are considering their options when it comes to signing Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona
  • FC Barcelona included a mandatory €40 million transfer fee in their loan deal with Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid find themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to Antoine Griezmann.

The French forward is on loan at the club, but there were conditions to the loan which could come back to haunt Madrid now.

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Atletico Madrid are unwilling to pay the €40 million transfer fee Barcelona attacker Antoine Griezmann. Image: Denis Doyle/ Pedro Salado
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As reported by Goal at the time, Griezmann returned to Atletico on a two-year loan deal with a mandatory €40 million option to buy included in the deal.

The deal states that the Rojiblancos will have to purchase the player for €40 million if he features in 50% of their games, with a minimum of 45 minutes between the games, across the two seasons at Atletico.

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Griezmann played in 82.5% of the club’s matches last season, meaning Atletico would have to leave him on the bench for the current season to avoid paying the mandatory fee.

Barca Universal reports that Atletico are also not keen to pay €40 million for the player.

The club are currently trying to find ways to get this figure lowered. Griezmann did not start Atletico’s opener against Getafe but did come off the bench to score a goal for the club. With Alvaro Morata back in the squad after his load at Chelsea, Griezmann’s chances to play may be even more limited this season.

Atletico Madrid take drastic steps to sign Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo before the transfer window closes

Cristiano Ronaldo’s dreams of leaving Manchester United this transfer window could soon come true.

The Portuguese superstar is desperate to move to a club that can offer him Champions League football this season. With two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, Atletico Madrid are ramping up their efforts to sign the wantaway United star.

Diego Simeone is desperate to sign Ronaldo. But, unfortunately, the club’s finances are the problem.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.