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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona finalise Griezmann’s transfer in a deal worth €20 million

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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have officially closed the deal for the permanent transfer of Antoine Griezmann, reports SPORT.

The 31-year-old will now officially be an Atletico Madrid player moving forward, with the two clubs shaking hands on a deal worth €20 million plus another €4 million in variables.

Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid in 2021, two years after leaving the club for Barcelona in a massive deal worth €120 million. The Frenchman, however, never got going in Catalonia and had to face a lot of criticism from fans and pundits over his underwhelming displays.

After failing to make the desired impact, Griezmann returned to Atleti last year, signing on a loan deal with a permanent purchase obligation for €40 million.

The 31-year-old did not have the most productive season last time out but has often been one of the positives for Atletico this time out, even though his game-time has been severely restricted as the Rojiblancos sought to avoid activating the €40 million buy clause.

While they were reluctant to pay that sum, there were never doubts about the fact that Diego Simeone wanted to keep Griezmann at the Civitas Metropolitano. And they have now managed to negotiate a lower fee with Barça for the transfer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

The Rojiblancos will pay a fixed fee of €20 million plus another €4 million in add-ons to acquire the services of Griezmann permanently. The Frenchman has once again agreed to a pay cut at Atletico and will be signing a contract until the summer of 2027.

With the move all done, Simeone will now be free to use Griezmann as much as he wants rather than calling him on in matches only after the hour mark.

The forward has scored three goals and set up one more in ten matches in all competitions this season. With the transfer saga now behind, Griezmann will be hoping to play regularly and build up some form and rhythm ahead of the World Cup.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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