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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 lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”

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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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