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Atletico Madrid plan to exploit loophole to avoid paying €40m for Barcelona attacker

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On September 1st 2021, Atletico Madrid officially announced that they had signed back Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona on a two-year loan deal with a purchase obligation. Close to one year has elapsed since that day and it seems like Los Rojiblancos are regretting their decision.

According to journalist Sergio Fernandez, Barcelona are aware that Atletico Madrid will not be obligated to trigger the €40 million purchase clause if they keep playing him for less than 30 minutes per game. Los Colchoneros do not intend to pay that amount as it is not financially viable for them.

Griezmann’s transfer agreement states that Atletico Madrid will have to activate the mandatory purchase clause if the player features in 50% of their matches with a minimum of 45 minutes over the two seasons.

Last season, Diego Simeone used the Frenchman in over 80% of the games which now means that the clause is close to being activated. Yet, the loophole in the deal is that Atletico Madrid can keep utilising the player ensuring that he does not play more than three-quarters of an hour.

Though the Atleti management are willing to sell the player, Simeone has been firm that he will continue to count on the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner in his plans, saying:

“I hope he (Griezmann) stays with us because of how important he is. He is adaptable to other positions and allows us to be more offensive from midfield forward. He has vision of the game and work.”

Last season, the 31-year-old made 29 league appearances for Atletico. In that duration, he scored three goals and provided four assists.

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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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