Barcelona are understood to believe that they are entitled to receive the full €40 million fee for Antoine Griezmann, as he played at least 45 minutes in the 50% of the games he was available in during his first campaign on loan at Atletico Madrid,
As a result, it is being reported that Barça are planning on filing a lawsuit against Atleti over the situation of Griezmann. However, new information now details that the Rojiblancos consider the Catalan side’s approach as a mere fake threat.
As per a report by MARCA, Diego Simeone’s side believe that the news about Barcelona being keen on taking them to court is in place to simply apply pressure.
Furthermore, the club from the Spanish capital are said not to even be aware of their domestic rivals’ intention and hold the opinion that in court, Barça would end up on the losing side.
Ultimately, where Atletico Madrid differ from Barcelona is that they believe that Griezmann does not get the required number of minutes, as stated in his clause in the ongoing season.
Playing less than 30 minutes in all four La Liga matches so far as well as in the Champions League, Los Colchoneros clearly seem to be confident about the stipulations in the two-year loan deal.
So much so that Diego Simeone and Antoine Griezmann were reportedly assured that Barcelona would budge and ultimately lower their asking fee, as they had no grounds to stop Atleti from handling the Frenchman’s playing time as they wished to.
While only time will tell how this situation pans out, it must be said that Atletico Madrid are exuding self-belief around the controversial situation.
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.