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Barcelona president confirms the fee Atletico Madrid will pay for Griezmann: “Good deal”



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Antoine Griezmann has been in the headlines recently, with various reports across Spain suggesting that the Frenchman is set to make his transfer to Atletico Madrid permanent..

The club from the capital are expected to pay a fee of around €20 million, which is half of what they had initially agreed with Barcelona. But there is also an additional €4 million add-ons embedded in the deal.

Although the clubs are yet to officially announce the deal, their board members, along with Xavi have confirmed the agreement recently.

Xavi has already wished Griezmann luck in his future endeavours while sporting director Mateu Alemany stressed the importance of the Frenchman’s departure from Camp Nou.

Barcelona club president Joan Laporta has now joined the bandwagon, hailing the club for conducting good business by selling Griezmann. The president also has confirmed the exact figures of the deal.

“Griezmann is a good deal. €20 milllion fixed and €4 million in add-ons,” said Laporta, who has played a key role in reversing all the underwhelming investments made by the previous regime led by Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Griezmann’s sale comes in the aftermath of a brief battle between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid after the latter opted to limit the player’s game-time in order to avoid paying the €40 million mandatory buyout clause at the end of the season.

The only condition behind the clause stated that Griezmann had to play at least 45 minutes of the 50% of matches where he is available.

Barcelona tried to seek legal measures to sanction Atletico Madrid, but have opted to come to an agreement on a lower fee, which may still benefit the club, according to the sporting director Mateu Alemany.

Griezmann’s permanent move to the Civitas Metropolitano could break the shackles and allow Diego Simeone to utilise his services on a more frequent basis. With a strenuous schedule coming up, the Frenchman’s experience and quality could play an integral role in the club’s fate over the coming weeks.

Source: BarçaTV+

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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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