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Atletico Madrid, Barcelona set to agree €25 million fee for Griezmann’s permanent transfer

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After disputing over the matter of the €40 million fee for Antoine Griezmann and considering legal action, Barcelona are seemingly set to come to a settlement with Atletico Madrid and accept a lower sum of €25 million for the Frenchman’s permanent transfer.

This claim comes from French journalist Loic Tanzi, who states that with the agreement now close between the two clubs, Griezmann could be back to playing regularly for Atletico Madrid and even possibly starting games, having had his game-time restricted so far.

Atletico Madrid have been utilising Griezmann for 30 minutes or less so far this season as they wished to avoid paying the €40 million transfer fee if they triggered the permanent purchase clause in his loan deal.

For that to happen, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner needs to play 45 minutes or more for at least 50% of the matches he is available for. And by denying him minutes, Los Colchoneros were exploiting a loophole in the agreement.

However, Barcelona had been arguing that Atleti had already triggered the purchase clause after the first season on loan when Griezmann had played at least 45 minutes in more than 80% of the matches he was available for.

To that end, the Catalans were planning to sue Atletico Madrid over the non-payment of the €40 million fee, even as Los Rojiblancos remained relaxed and calm over the situation.

But it seems like the two clubs have now decided to bury the hatchet and reach an agreement over a transfer fee of €25 million, which is €15 million lower than what was initially agreed upon.

The 31-year-old French international has looked in good touch so far this season, scoring vital goals against the likes of Valencia and FC Porto. And, getting back to playing more regularly will surely be a reilef for him ahead of the FIFA World Cup later this year.

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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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