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.
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. .
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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