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Atletico Madrid committing no violations in their handling of on-loan Barcelona forward

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After Antoine Griezmann made his fourth successive appearance off the benchin the game against Real Sociedad, it was noted that Barcelona’s legal team launched a query to understand whether Atletico Madrid are breaking any law by forcing the Frenchman to limit his appearances.

As it turns out, the team from the capital city are working within their rights and are, in fact, not breaking any law.

Griezmann is in the second year of his loan spell with Atletico Madrid, following which, the Rojiblancos will have to exercise the obligatory buy option which is worth €40 million. 

However, for the clause to come into effect, the Frenchman is obliged to play at least 45 minutes in 50% of the games in which he is available. While the condition was rightly fulfilled last season, Atletico are seeming reluctant to meet the mentioned demands this season.

At the time of writing, Griezmann has clocked a mere 109 minutes in four league games. This translate to an aggregate of fewer than 30 minutes of action per game; 27.25 minutes to be exact.

Hence, the approach Atletico are taking is pretty much understandable. Interestingly enough, however, the team isn’t really breaching any labour law. 

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, while Atletico’s actions are indeed against the ethics, there is no legal violation from their part and Barcelona do not really have any room for action.

All this is because the contract was authorised by the player himself. This has led to the situation that Griezmann is now in no position to demand more game time.

According to the Spanish Workers’ Statute, ‘the corresponding obligation of the employer to provide the activity agreed in the employment contract, that is, the obligations of all employer are not exhausted in hiring with remuneration and contributions, the employment relationship must also be given content.’

This basically means Atletico will be well within the law even if they do play Griezmann for the rest of the season, as the law only requires the player to be registered and train with the rest of the group.

All this is certain to leave Barcelona frustrated, but there seems to be nothing that they can do at the moment.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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