Antoine Griezmann, a loanee from Barcelona, has now completed his shocking Deadline Day Return to Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Barcelona and Barcelona stated that there were options to extend the loan for another season. The Catalan club added the Madrid side to the agreement, which was obligatory to keep it permanent. Sky reports that the permanent agreement would be costing PS34.4m ($EUR40m).
Atletico were able to move for the 30-year-old after sanctioning Saul Niguez’s departure to Chelsea on an initial loan with an option to buy worth PS33.4m (EUR38.9m) overall.
Diego Simeone wanted to sign a striker. Griezmann, who has worked as a striker under Atletico between 2014-2019, will not have any difficulty settling in at Atletico.
Barcelona claimed that Atletico had agreed to pay Griezmann his wages in full.
Two years ago, the 2018 World Cup winner joined Barcelona on a PS103m contract. He scored 35 goals in his 102 matches for Barcelona.
However, he has only won the Copa del Rey during his time at the Nou Camp, and the Catalan giants have been trying to lighten their wage bill this summer due to debts amounting to PS1.15billion, as confirmed by club president Joan Laporta earlier in August.
Due to financial difficulties, the club was unable to offer Lionel Messi another contract. This caused him to shockly transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
On Tuesday, the club announced stalwarts Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have accepted to take a pay cut in order to aid the club’s Financial Fair Play parameters and ensure new signing Sergio Aguero could be formally registered with the Spanish Football League (LFP).
Earlier in the summer, Gerard Pique took a similar decision to allow Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be ratified as Barcelona players.
Griezmann left Atletico in 2019 after a long transfer process in which his PS103m release clause (EUR120m), was fully paid.
He was featured in “The Decision”, a Spanish television station that followed his decision to remain at Atletico, despite being interested by Barcelona.
Publited at Wednesday, 01 September 2021 00.32:22 +0000