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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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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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