Antoine Griezmann ends transfer saga as Atlético Madrid confirmed to have turned his ownership into a permanent deal from Barcelona..2022-10-11 15:39
Atlético Madrid announced on its official website on Monday that the club have officially bought out the ownership of France international forward Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona.
According to an official statement from Atlético Madrid, Griezmann has signed a four-year deal with the club which runs until the summer of 2026.
In addition, according to the news from renowned Italian transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Griezmann's total transfer fee is €20million as an initial fee, plus €4million of additional further add-ons.
After completing the joining procedures, Griezmann said in an interview with Atléti's official website that he was very happy to stay, and he just wanted to stay here to experience the fun that football can bring to him.
Soap Opera Comes to an End
With this transfer, the soap opera between Atléti and Barcelona over the transfer fee of Griezmann has finally come to an end.
According to the agreement reached last year between Barcelona and Atléti, Griezmann will join the latter on loan for two seasons, during which as long as he plays a certain number of games, Atléti will be forced to trigger a €40million buyout clause to turn Griezmann's ownership into a permanent deal.
Later, a number of Spanish media broke the news that the clause reached by the two teams expressly stipulates that if Griezmann’s total number of appearances in two years reaches 50%, Griezmann must be bought out. The annual salary of Griezmann and Barcelona's original contract was €2.3million before tax, and Atléti also agreed to fully bear Griezmann's annual salary. However since he and Spain international forward Alvaro Morata have both returned with huge wages this season, and the club has been limited by the official La Liga salary cap due to overfunding. Although Griezmann has been regarded as a main player of Los Colchoneros last season, and that head coach Giovanni Simeone still does value Griezmann very much, but for the sake of the overall situation of the club, Simeone was forced to limit the number of times the Frenchman can play, as such Atléti was reported to have given up the intention to honour this agreement.
In addition, American media ESPN also broke the news that in order to force Atléti into honouring the agreement, Barcelona has planned to file a lawsuit to pressure the former to prevent them from using means to deliberately avoid the agreement to buy Griezmann was being triggered. However, this also precisely implies that the Blaugrana are also very eager to sell Griezmann to avoid the situation similar to the Dutch star Frankie de Jong who they want to sell, but the player just refuses to leave, and eventually exacerbates the club's increasingly serious financial problems.
No hope of landing in England
It is worth mentioning that Dermot Corrigan, the resident Irish correspondent of The Athletic, once broke the news that if Los Colchoneros and Blaugrana continue to be in a deadlock for the transfer of Griezmann, Manchester United will not rule out the possibility to intervene and sign the French World Cup-winning international player.
At the time, Corrigan said that the Red Devils had in fact asked Atléti about the possibility of negotiating a deal for Griezmann during the summer window this year, but the transfer did not materialize because the star was unwilling to leave the club. Now, with Atléti announcing that they have bought out Griezmann's ownership, it also means that the possibility of him moving to the Premier League is completely shattered.
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