After months of negotiations and a brief legal battle, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona have finally come to terms, reaching an agreement over the permanent sale of Antoine Griezmann.
The Frenchman, who was on loan at Wanda Metropolitano until 2023, is set to join Atleti on a permanent deal. He has signed a four-year contract which expires in the summer of 2026.
Although Atletico Madrid are yet to provide any further details regarding the negotiations, Barcelona bosses have been confirming the agreement for a few days, now Xavi notably wishing the player luck for his future endeavours.
We're thrilled to announce that Antoine Griezmann has signed a permanent contract until 2026! ❤️🤍 pic.twitter.com/H7B7Gsyreo— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 10, 2022
Barça president Joan Laporta had also recently offered details on Griezmann’s sale, suggesting that the club are set to earn €20 million from the deal, along with €4 million add-on fees.
Atletico, for the part, will be happy with the deal as they have been campaigning for Barcelona to lower their €40 million buyout clause on Griezmann’s loan deal.
Although a figure of €20 million is quite significant, it is half of what Los Colchoneros were supposed to pay at the end of the season.
Griezmann’s permanent move to Atletico Madrid will see the attacker appear more often in the first team. With the tricky October schedule coming up, the Frenchman’s services could play a key role in dictating Atleti’s fate over the next four weeks.
Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.
After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.
And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.
Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.
And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.
Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.
Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.
📋 Nuestra 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 para mañana 👊 pic.twitter.com/ME1fwfQB6J— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 3, 2023