Since the start of the 2022/2023 season, Antoine Griezmann has largely come on at around the 60-70th minute mark for Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s men have tried their best to forego paying the full €40 million fee to Barcelona in order to sign him permanently.
The fee would only have to be paid if the Frenchman plays for at least 45 minutes of the 50% of the matches he is available in till the end of his two-year loan deal.
With the Catalan giants keen to get the World Cup winner off their books, it has been revealed that a compromise has been reached between both clubs
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid will complete a deal for Antoine Griezmann on a permanent basis for €20 million, plus €2 million in add-ons.
Further details suggest that all parties involved are confident that an agreement will be signed and sealed imminently.
It has also been clarified that the former Real Sociedad forward’s desire was always to stay put at the Civitas Metropolitano.
It was reported a few weeks ago that both the player and Diego Simeone were assured that an agreement would be reached, with the manager considering the French forward as a valued member of the squad.
Furthermore, Atletico Madrid were happy to initiate a court battle over Griezmann’s contractual situation, considering the club was confident that they were playing by the rules.
The same cannot be said for Barcelona, who ultimately wanted to resolve the situation before the upcoming Qatar World Cup.
With an agreement finalised and set to be signed, Simeone will no longer have any restrictions with regard to his usage of Griezmann on the pitch. The Frenchman is also poised to sign a long-term contract with Atletico Madrid, tying him down to the club until 2027.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.