Friday, November 15, 2019

Barcelona and Atletico reach agreement over Griezmann issues

The relationship between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid has been a very tense one, with severe enmity arising over the transfer of Antoine Griezmann from the Spanish capital to the Catalan club this summer.

Atletico claimed that the player had been “tapped up” and had agreed to the move before his buyout clause diminished from €200 million to €120 million at the start of July, though the move officially took place afterwards. They believe they’ve been conned out of the €80 million difference, and they had filed an official complaint which resulted in Barcelona receiving a ridiculous fine of €300 and the two clubs remaining at odds.

However, El Mundo (via Marca) report that an agreement between them has been reached now, and Barcelona will pay Atletico additional €15 million on top the original purchase price, but Atletico will give them the first option on signing five of their players, including the likes of Saul Niguez and Jose Gimenez.

The e-mails which supposedly prove that the Griezmann deal was arranged in March will therefore remain secret.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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