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.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.