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Barcelona have received offers for Antoine Griezmann, final decision up to player – report

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With less than four days left in the summer transfer window, Antoine Griezmann’s future at Atletico Madrid has seemingly received a fresh twist.

The 31-year-old is on loan at Atleti from Barcelona, having arrived last year. As per the terms of the agreement, the French international joined the Colchoneros on a two-year temporary deal with an obligation to buy for €40 million in 2023.

The purchase clause will be triggered if Griezmann plays 45 minutes or more in 50% of the matches he is available for. In order to avoid that, Los Rojiblancos have been using him for under 30 minutes so far in the new season.

But, if a fresh update from Gerard Romero is to be believed, Griezmann could end up leaving Atletico Madrid this summer itself. As per the Spanish journalist, Barcelona have already received several offers from clubs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

However, the final decision over whether he continues at the Civitas Metropolitano or leaves for a new adventure remains up to Griezmann.

While Atletico Madrid are looking for loopholes to avoid paying the €40 million fee for Griezmann, they would be happy to keep him as long as Barcelona reduce the transfer fee amount for the obligatory purchase next year.

Manager Diego Simeone has already stated that he wishes to keep the Frenchman at the club. A similar sentiment was echoed by club president Enrique Cerezo recently, who recently said: “Antoine Griezmann is an important player in the squad and he cannot leave.”

But with new offers incoming for Griezmann, it will be interesting to see whether the former Real Sociedad forward considers those proposals or opts to continue with Atletico Madrid beyond the summer window.

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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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