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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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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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