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Griezmann set to sign a contract with Atletico Madrid until 2027 on lower wages

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Antoine Griezmann has endured a difficult start to the new season at Atletico Madrid. On loan from Barcelona, the Frenchman was given scanty playing time by Simeone because the club did not wish to trigger the obligatory purchase clause.

The situation has resulted in a lose-lose situation for the parties involved. While the player has struggled to get minutes in a World Cup year, Los Rojiblancos have been unable to count on one of their best forwards.

Earlier today, it was reported that Barcelona and Atletico had reached an agreement for the player to move to Madrid at a reduced fee. The Blaugranas asked for a mere €20 million for the World Cup winner and an agreement seems to be in place.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Griezmann’s permanent move is not the only good news for Los Rojiblancos’ faithful. The Frenchman is willing to extend his contract until 2027 and is also willing to lower his salary on the new contract.

Now, Diego Simeone will be able to count on the forward completely as the 45-minute playing time for 50% matches condition will no longer be in effect.

More importantly, the club now no longer risk losing him for a subsidised fee as he is committed to the red-and-white outfit for the next five years.

In 252 minutes in La Liga this season, the 31-year-old has scored two goals. Further, he also found the back of the net in Atleti’s dramatic win over Porto in the UEFA Champions League.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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