Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are close to reaching an agreement on the permanent transfer of Antoine Griezmann, we have learned.
The 31-year-old has seen playing time limited this season due to a clause in his loan deal which limits him to substitute appearances after 60 minutes.
It was previously revealed that Atletico would have to shell out £35million to sign the France international on a permanent deal with the Catalan giants, should he play more than 50 per cent of the games this season.
Manager Diego Simeone previously hinted in a press conference that he was reluctant to play against Griezmann so the club wouldn’t have to pay such a fee.
Barcelona were said to be ready to take Atletico to court over the situation.
According to L’Equipe, however, a compromise appears to have been reached which will see Atletico pay Barcelona a lower fee of £22m to sign Griezmann, who returned to the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer of 2021, and end his tenure. the farce of his replacement. appearances.
The French newspaper report that the negotiations should be concluded after the international break, and Griezmann can play regularly, as he targets a place in the France squad for the World Cup.
When he came on after 60 minutes, Griezmann found the net three times and continues to prove his worth to Simeone.
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He scored in Atletico’s La Liga opener which saw them beat Getafe 3-0, and scored the decisive goal as Simeone’s side beat Valencia last month.
The Frenchman also scored a stoppage-time winner in Atletico’s spectacular win over Porto in the Champions League last week.
Griezmann’s father reportedly discussed with his son’s lawyer, Sevan Karian, a solution, which is now close to being finalized.
Barcelona remained adamant they wanted £35m for his services but have since relented and are preparing to accept a reduced fee of £22m.
It’s likely that Griezmann will be among the substitutes when his side face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday and the Madrid derby on Sunday.
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