Panic at Camp Nou As Impressive Barcelona Star Joins La Liga Rivals Atletico Madrid on Loan

Panic at Camp Nou As Impressive Barcelona Star Joins La Liga Rivals Atletico Madrid on Loan

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • Antoine Griezmann has returned to La Liga club Atletico Madrid having signed a two-year loan deal with the club
  • Barcelona shipped the player out following their perilous financial situation due to the impact of the pandemic
  • Atletico manager Diego Simeone is pleased to welcome their former player back and Los Colchoneros are billed to pay the player’s salary

Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann will now play at Atletico Madrid as he returns to his former club on a two-year loan as deal was sealed on transfer deadline day.

Although there were no signs of any transfer involving the Frenchman, it took until the final day to for the Catala giants to get Griezmann off their wage bill.

Marca reports that the 30-year-old forward re-signed with Los Colchoneros on a two-year loan which holds an option to buy at the end of it.

Panic at Camp Nou As Impressive Barcelona Star Joins La Liga Rivals Atletico Madrid on Loan
Antoine Griezmann officially rejoins Atletico Madrid on loan. Photo: Jose Manuel Alvarez Rey
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Due to their financial situation, Barcelona which earlier saw the departure of their legend Lionel Messi, have been working underground to see Griezmann also leave.

And on the other side, Atletico manager Diego Simeone has been desperate about the return of the French forward; although the details of the deal remain unclear at this juncture, GOAL reports.

Reports however suggest that Atleti will be responsible for the player’s full salary, which has been aided by the decision to allow Saul Niguez to leave for Chelsea on loan.

Saul Niguez joins Chelsea on loan

Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez has completed a season-long loan move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day.

The Blues also have an option to make the deal permanent after the initial temporary spell as reported by Sky Sports News.

Niguez becomes the latest player to join the Stamford Bridge outfit after Marcus Bettinelli and Romelu Lukaku this transfer window.

The publication added that the west London club will pay a sum of £3.4 million (€4m) loan fee for the midfielder while they have the chance to sign him permanently for £30m (€35m) next summer.

Barcelona finally register Aguero for La Liga

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Sergio Aguero has been given the green light to play for Barcelona this season after two of their biggest earners Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba agreed to take pay cuts.

The Argentine forward joined the Catalan club since May 2021 but the new financial fair play rules stalled his registration.

Sources reveal that Gerard Pique had to reduce his wages to allow the Camp Nou outfit to register fellow newcomers Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, and Rey Manaj.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.