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Atletico Madrid star was offered to Real Sociedad, move failed due to his high wages

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While many expected Antoine Griezmann’s romantic return to Atletico Madrid to signal a resurgence in his career, things have continued to take a downward spiral, since his exit out on loan from Barcelona.

For starters, it seems like Diego Simeone’s side are far from keen about forking out €40 million to sign the Frenchman.

With their agreement in place with the Catalan giants stating that they would be compelled to sign the 31-year-old if he plays 45 minutes or more in 50% of the games in which he is available, the club legend has only played a combined 82 minutes across the first three league games this term.

Things may well have been different for the versatile forward, who is believed to have been offered to former club, Real Sociedad this summer, as per a report by Mundo Deportivo.

It has also been claimed that Griezmann could have joined Sociedad for a fee lesser than €40 million, in a move that is said to have been achievable.

However, it is understood that the Europa League champion’s wages proved to be a roadblock in the switch coming to fruition.

The World Cup winner reportedly takes home €10 million per year, believed to be more than thrice the amount any player at the Reale Arena bags. It meant Imanol Alguacil’s side simply could not deem the coup affordable.  

From a Barcelona standpoint, the club are said to be at ease with the situation surrounding Antoine Griezmann, despite Atletico Madrid’s attempts at finding a way not to pay the transfer fee for the out-of-favour attacker.

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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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