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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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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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