Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid agree with Barcelona on the return of the French striker football news

  Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid agree with Barcelona on the return of the French striker  football news

Antoine Griezmann is set for a surprise return to Atletico Madrid after signing a deal with Barcelona to re-sign the French striker.

According to sky in italy, The two La Liga rivals on Tuesday night struck a deal for the 2018 World Cup winner to return to Wanda Metropolitano on a season-long loan with a buyout obligation for £34.4m (40m euros) next year.

Atleti were able to transfer for the 30-year-old after first clearing Saul Niguez’s possible departure from Chelsea on loan with a buyout option worth a total of £33.5 million (€39 million).

Diego Simeone is yearning for a new striker and the Frenchman will have no trouble settling down as he previously worked under the Argentine between 2014 and 2019.

Both clubs have only a few hours to complete their business as the Spanish window closes at 11am UK time.

Barcelona are already looking for a possible replacement, the move should be with Sevilla’s Luc de Jong on their radar.

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Griezmann has scored 22 goals in 74 appearances for Barcelona

As club president Joan Laporta confirmed in August, the Catalan giants are looking to cut their payrolls this summer amid a £1.15bn debt.

The financial difficulties reported by the club meant that they were unable to award a new contract to Lionel Messi, which resulted in his shock over a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

On Tuesday, the club announced that mainstays Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have agreed to a pay cut to help the club’s financial fair play parameters and ensure that new signing Sergio Aguero is officially elected to the league’s ranks. can be registered with. .

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Sergio Aguero was officially registered as a new Barcelona player on Tuesday after Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba agreed to cut their pay.

Earlier in the summer, Gerard Pique made a similar move to allow Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be ratified as Barcelona players.

Griezmann initially left Atletico for Barcelona in 2019 after his £103 million (€120 million) release clause was paid in full.

A year ago he appeared in a documentary with the Spanish TV channel Movistar He was called ‘The Decision’ which came after him as he opted to stay at Atlético despite interest from Barcelona.

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