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Atletico Madrid ask Griezmann to drop wages to €4 million to make transfer feasible

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When Antoine Griezmann left Barcelona to join Atletico Madrid on loan last year, the forward accepted a €4 million pay cut, which meant his annual salary dropped from €16 million (net) to €12 million.

However, following their troubles in registering players this past summer, the 31-year-old had to agree to drop more of his salary, with the Frenchman currently now earning €6 million per year at Atletico Madrid.

Now, MARCA is reporting that Los Rojiblancos have once again asked the French international to accept another salary cut so that his permanent move to the Civitas Metropolitano next summer would be feasible.

As per the report, Atletico Madrid are already in negotiations with Barcelona over reducing Griezmann’s transfer fees. The Colchoneros are expected to pay €40 million to make his purchase permanent but they are unwilling to match that amount.

While Barça were initially considering legal action to get the whole €40 million from their rivals, they are now open to accepting a lower fee of at least €25 million. Atletico, for their part, would be open to offering around €20-25 million.

While negotiations continue on that front, Atleti are also in talks with Griezmann’s entourage over another potential salary cut.

As iterated earlier, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner pockets €6 million per year (net) at Atletico Madrid. And Los Rojiblancos want him to reduce that to €4 million so that the transfer can be economically feasible for the club.

Griezmann’s game-time has suffered this season as Atletico have used him only for 30 minutes or less from the bench in all but one match in order to trigger the mandatory purchase clause.

The forward will naturally have been frustrated by the situation but has continued to make the most of his chances. What now remains to be seen is whether the Barcelona loanee is open to accepting another salary cut.

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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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