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Atletico Madrid star rejected Barcelona move in swap deal involving Griezmann on deadline day

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Despite Diego Simeone’s constant denial, it’s pretty much evident that Atletico Madrid have no interest in paying the €40 million fee for the permanent purchase of Antonio Griezmann.

To get out of the situation, the Los Colchoneros devised several plans in the summer but Barcelona have not budged even a single bit. 

Now, as per a recent revelation made by journalist Toni Juanmarti on the Siempre Positivo podcast, Atletico Madrid started talks with Barcelona on the deadline day where the proposal was put forward over a potential exchange between Alvaro Morata and Antoine Greizmann.

As it turns out, it was not Barcelona but the Spanish striker who rejected the possibility of playing for the Blaugrana

It could have been a good deal for the Blaugrana as they would have acquired a decent cover for Robert Lewandowski as they had sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea. Memphis Depay did decide to stay put but it is evident that the Dutchman has no place in Xavi’s plans.

At Atletico, however, the former Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea forward is getting regular minutes, although that is mostly down to the fact that the team from the Spanish capital are forced to use Griezmann after the 60-minute mark.

Interestingly enough, the situation could have been different if Barcelona had accepted Atletico’s second option in the summer.

Atletico Madrid offered Barcelona €20 million for Griezmann this summer but received a plain no in response

As of today, the stipulation that Atletico are meant to follow is pretty much the same. If the Frenchman plays 50% of the games he is available in, they have to pay Barcelona €40 million as agreed.

But he is only coming on after the 60-minute mark, playing a total of 193 minutes across UEFA Champions League and La Liga this term as Atleti look to get out of the €40 million purchase obligation.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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