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New details from Antoine Griezmann’s Atletico transfer revealed



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When Antoine Griezmann announced his departure for Barcelona, the streets of Madrid erupted in disbelief. His decision was not taken well by the fans, and it seemed impossible to even imagine the Frenchman at Atletico Madrid again.

Though his spell in Catalonia was not a complete failure, he did not justify the price tag or wages associated with his name.

Since his return to Atletico Madrid, he has not settled in too well.

He has started 19 games for Diego Simeone’s side, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Though his numbers may not be extraordinary, he has been vital to the setup through his work rate and his ability to carry the ball forward.

According to reports from Ruben Uria (h/t Atletico Universe), Atletico Madrid doesn’t need to pay the €40 million fee to Barcelona this summer and make his move permanent.

The obligatory purchase clause is only activated if his loan is extended for another season and is he plays more than 50% of the official matches he is available in.

This comes as a big relief to Los Rojiblancos as it opens up multiple possibilites in the transfer market. The club see the defence as a position that needs urgent reinforcement, and can now look to spend more funds on that objective.

It remains to be seen if Simeone’s side extend Griezmann’s loan for another season. However, if his prominence in the team till now is anything to go by, it seems that he will stay at the Wanda next season.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move



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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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