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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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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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