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.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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