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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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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the derby against Real Madrid: “Very difficult to beat them”



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Following a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against Lazio, Atletico Madrid will shift all their attention to La Liga, as they brace themselves for the derby against Real Madrid this weekend.

Heading into this game, Atleti midfielder Marcos Llorente spoke about Real Madrid’s quality and Atletico Madrid’s chances of squeezing all three points from this iconic derby.

Llorente on Madrid derby

“The sensations are good. The team is very good, the other day we played a great game despite ending up drawing. I really think that the team did a great job that must be maintained for this match,” Llorente said in an interview with Diario AS.

When asked whether or not Real Madrid being tagged as favourites could aid Atleti, the midfielder said, “Honestly, it neither motivates me nor demotivates me. We simply have to do what we work on during the week, what the coach asks of us.”

Llorente stressed the importance of the game, adding, “It is a great rival we have in front of us, they are having a very good start to the season and that motivates me and everyone to try to play a good game.”

Real Madrid is a great club, they have great players and it is very difficult to beat them. I think we have competed, we have also achieved several draws, but in the end, either you go out one hundred percent and do things very, very well or it is difficult to beat them,” he added.

A former member of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente joined Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, he has racked up over 150 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Llorente, though, said he feels no sense of vindication when he performs well against his former team.

“No. In the end, it’s been many years since I left there and I’m at Atlético. Perhaps in the first years, those types of feelings and sensations can arise, but today they no longer do,” he said.

Marcos Llorente confident of Atletico Madrid’s chances ahead of the derby (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente on Vinicius, Koke & Bellingham

The Atletico Madrid star went on to talk about other aspects of the game, including the fact that his team had one less player every time they faced Real Madrid last season.

“I have zero worries. These are things that are not in our remit, that escape our hands. We play football, the referees referee and those who have to decide decide,” he said.

Llorente, in fact, said that the return of Koke could be a real boost for Atleti. “It is always good that Koke is with us, both on the field and in the day-to-day life of the game,” he said.

“Beyond the grass. The support he gives, the advice he gives us, his experience. it is always important to have him and it is great news that he is already training with us,” he added.

Talking about the absence of Vinicius Junior and the form of Jude Bellingham, Llorente said, “Well, you have to be careful with everyone. All Real Madrid players are very good and can make a difference at any moment of the game. Bellingham is having a great start and we have to take that into account and be very focused.”

Finally, Marcos Llorente put out a message for all the Atletico Madrid fans, claiming their support ahead of this crucial encounter this weekend.

“It will be a full house as always. We don’t have to tell them anything, they know the importance of this match for Atlético, we know that they never fail, they are always supporting us and we count on them,” he said.

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