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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in ‘direct contact’ to resolve Griezmann issue – Romano

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Atletico Madrid have been indulged in a battle with FC Barcelona over the loan contract of Antoine Griezmann, especially after the club from the capital opted not to play the striker for more than 30 minutes in matches this season.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, it appears Atleti and Barcelona are prepared to let bygones be bygones and seek a solution over the exact terms of the deal.

The current clause in loan agreement for Griezmann states that Atletico Madrid are obliged to pay €40 million at the end of the season if the attacker plays more than 50 percent of the matches he is available for.

But a match is only being counted if the player features in more than 45 minutes. Atleti have been exploiting this loophole with impunity, thus forcing Barcelona to seek legal measures.

However, knowing Atletico Madrid are not precisely breaking any law by restricting the attacker’s game-time, it appears Barcelona are ready to come to a settlement and lower the final terms of the deal that currently stands at around €40 million.

The Catalans are aware of the fact that they may not be able to offload Griezmann next summer if Los Colchoneros continue to stunt the game-time of the player. In addition, the Frenchman’s exorbitant wage packet could severely impact Barça’s financial structure.

Therefore, the Blaugrana are now seeking a solution and are in direct contact with their rivals to resolve the matter. It will come as a major boost for Atletico Madrid, who had even started Griezmann in the recent Madrid derby against their cross-town rivals.

The Frenchman’s presence did not make much of a difference, though, as Real Madrid eventually won the game 2-1, thanks to goals from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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