Antoine Griezmann is officially an Atletico Madrid player after the two clubs officiated an agreement. The player has subsequently signed a four-year contract that expires in the summer of 2026.
The permanent move should lift the 50% restriction on Griezmann’s contract, effectively allowing Diego Simeone to utilise his qualities to the max.
A recent report from El Partidazo de Cope (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has offered additional details on Griezmann’s sale to Atletico Madrid. Although the report suggests Barcelona are set to earn €20 million, as confirmed by Joan Laporta, there are certain intricacies embedded in the contract.
For one, Barcelona are expected to receive an upfront fee of around €18 million, rather than the stipulated €20 million. The additional €2 million will be received by Barça only when Atletico Madrid confirm their spot for next season’s Champions League.
This brings the total amount to €20 million. But there are also €4 million add-ons, half of which could be payable if Atletico Madrid reach the quarter-finals. If Los Colchoneros stumble in the Round of 16, Barcelona may only receive €1 million.
As for the remaining €2 million, it will be only applicable if Atletico Madrid end up winning an official title. It could be a far-fetched clause, especially given the way the club have performed over the last year.
Nevertheless, the Frenchman’s quality in the attacking line could go a long way in improving the club’s chances of performing well, not only in Europe but also in domestic competitions.
Furthermore, the report also claims that Barcelona have retained the future sales right on Griezmann, with Atletico Madrid liable to pay the Catalans any surplus amount over €18 million up to €40 million if they sell him in the future.
The club from the capital have endured a mixed start to the campaign and are currently sitting fourth in the league table, behind Athletic Club, Barcelona and Real Madrid. But with Griezmann joining permanently, there is hope yet for Simeone’s men, in their quest to compete for the league title.
Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move
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.