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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona close in on Griezmann transfer agreement, player will reduce salary

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Antoine Griezmann has emerged as one of the most talked-about players in the new season, after becoming a subject of a controversial loan agreement.

Currently, on loan at Atleti, Griezmann has a special clause in his contract that will force the Spanish capital club to pay €40 million to Barcelona in 2023, provided the attacker features in at least 45 minutes of the 50% of matches.

Atletico Madrid, though, are trying to circumvent the clause by giving Griezmann about 30 minutes of action each game. It had led to Barcelona seeking legal measures, albeit to no avail.

However, according to a report from MARCA, it appears Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are prepared to come to an agreement that would see the Catalans lower the buyout clause.

The report suggests the Blaugrana have agreed to lower their asking price to €20 million. The newer terms could see the 50% restriction being lifted, meaning Atletico Madrid will be in a position to utilise Griezmann as much as they want.

The negotiations were far from easy and the relationship between the two clubs is currently in a dire stage. But Griezmann’s camp played a key role in facilitating the talks, as the forward was always keen on remaining at Civitas Metropolitano, despite his lack of minutes at the club.

In addition to playing a key role in the negotiations, the Frenchman has also reduced his salary further in order to accommodate himself into Atletico Madrid’s wage structure.

The former Real Sociedad starlet had slashed his wages by 50% when he arrived on loan from Barça. He will now reportedly reduce it further in order to help both parties resolve the issue that has been dominating Spanish football since the start of the new season.

With the restrictions likely to be lifted, Griezmann will be hoping to become a pivotal figure of the Atletico Madrid frontline during the remainder of the campaign.

His form could go a long way in not only helping Los Colchoneros but also boosting France’s chances of retaining 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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