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.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo