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Barcelona unwilling to take Atletico Madrid to court over Griezmann, ready to accept €25m

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With Atletico Madrid playing Antoine Griezmann less than 30 minutes in every game this season, barring the last match in the Madrid Derby, it has seemed clear that the club are unwilling to pay the full €40 million fee to sign him permanently from Barcelona.

It was recently reported that the Catalan side were miffed by this situation and were willing to take Atleti to court over this matter.

However, it was also claimed that the Rojiblancos were not intimidated by said threat, as the club were confident about the stance they had taken with the World Cup winner. As per a new revelation, it seems like the assuredness from Atletico Madrid’s camp is well founded.

According to the latest information provided by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona do not want to take the Griezmann situation to court and would rather negotiate a lower fee for their loanee.

It is stated that Xavi’s side expect €25 million at least for the French international.

Atletico Madrid have always been open to signing Griezmann if Barcelona were willing to lower the fee for the versatile forward. Manager Diego Simeone is understood to still be an admirer of the French international, who has proven his worth off the bench with crucial late goals.

The Argentine boss’ trust in the former Real Sociedad hero was evident in his side’s 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid, as he surprisingly started him alongside Joao Felix in a front two in such a massive clash.

Now with Barcelona not wishing to take the matter to court, it seems likely that both clubs will agree to a lower fee and put the ongoing situation behind them. The only facet that needs to be mutually agreed upon is the actual fee for Antoine Griezmann now.

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Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano

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Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.

Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.

However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.

As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.

There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.

And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.

But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.

Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.

Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.

From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.

After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023

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