There has been a lot of tension between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid of late due to the situation surrounding Antoine Griezmann.
The 31-year-old joined Atletico on loan from Barça last year. The agreement between the two clubs included a mandatory permanent purchase clause worth €40 million.
However, both teams see the conditions for the activation of that clause differently, leading to disagreements. Either way, Los Rojiblancos have no intentions of paying the entire amount but would be willing to make the Frenchman’s transfer permanent for a lower fee.
At one point, Barcelona were planning to take legal action against Atletico Madrid in order to get the full €40 million payment for Griezmann. But, they have since softened their stance and are hoping to resolve matters amicably with their La Liga rivals.
And, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans are hoping to reach an agreement with Atletico Madrid over a transfer fee for Griezmann before the FIFA World Cup in Qatar kicks off in November this year.
Barça dread the prospect of having the Frenchman back at Spotify Camp Nou next year, given that his contract runs until 2024. Firstly, the 31-year-old does not fit into the plans of manager Xavi Hernandez, while his massive wages would be a burden that they cannot bear at this point.
Hence, they wish to strike an agreement with Atletico Madrid at the earliest possible. Initially, the plan was to finalise the purchase before the two teams met in La Liga in January.
However, the Blaugrana are now in a hurry to close the matter before the World Cup kicks off in November. So much so that, they are said to be willing to accept a fee half the amount of the €40 million initially agreed upon.
Atletico Madrid, for their part, are relaxed over the situation and are happy to let Barcelona do all the running. They know that the Catalans are aware of their position and the fact that they will not be able to offer more than €20 million for Griezmann.
What now remains to be seen is if an agreement is reached between the two clubs before the French forward flies off to Qatar for the World Cup.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.