The saga of Antoine Greizmann’s future is beginning to get more serious as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid begin to look for legal weapons.
The Blaugrana are unhappy with Los Rojiblancos’ tactics to avoid paying the €40 million permanent transfer fee while Atletico are clear about not wanting to pay the obligatory clause.
According to reports from RAC1 Barcelona are preparing a lawsuit against Diego Simeone’s side regarding Griezmann. They believe that the forward already played the required minutes in his first season on loan and demand immediate payment of €40 million as a transfer fee.
However, the offices at Wanda Metropolitano are convinced otherwise. They believe that the player must play 50% of the minutes across both seasons for the clause to get triggered, implying that they don’t have to pay the fee yet.
While the two clubs tussle, the World Cup winner is the actual loser. Griezmann is stuck in a situation where even his consistent performances are not winning him a starting place in the team. This is a big blow, especially given that the World Cup is just around the corner.
Earlier this week, it was Griezmann who struck in the 101st minute to give Los Rojiblancos a sensational win over Porto in the UEFA Champions League. He already has three goals for the side this season in just over 100 minutes.
It remains to be seen how the story of his purchase clause ends. If Atletico Madrid come out on top, it would either mean Griezmann would have to return to Barcelona next summer or they will try to negotiate a lower fee to sign him up permanently.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023