Barcelona were keen to exchange Antione Griezmann for Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid yesterday (football transfer news), per TV3 Catalunya. But they believed the nature of the deal, because of the two players’ unequal salary brackets, was quite complicated. Now however, Atletico have removed all decision from Barcelona’s hands because Los Colchoneros boss Diego Simeone’s desire to have the Frenchman back in Madrid culminated in their re-signing him even without sending Felix to Barca. So, as Barcelona confirm this official football transfer, Griezmann returns to Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan after two years.
Official Football Transfer – Griezmann Returns to Atletico Madrid
At the very end of the transfer deadline, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid reopened talks about a deal for Antoine Griezmann.
There were a number of options on the table ahead of this summer transfer deadline arriving yesterday, on Tuesday night.
Griezmann left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona two summers ago but has struggled to make an impact at the club.
Barcelona’s well-publicized financial problems have left them in desperate need of cutting their wage bill by selling players this summer.
Griezmann has become the next big player to leave after Lionel Messi, and has finalized a return to Wanda Metropolitano.
The two clubs first discussed a Griezmann/Joao Felix swap, and Barcelona expressed interest in now-Chelsea-bound Saul Niguez earlier this summer.
And now, already just a day later, Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann has re-joined Atletico Madrid, as reported by the club’s press office.
Los Colchoneros have signed the Frenchman on a season-long loan spell with an option to buy in the summer of 2022.
Yesterday’s reports revealed that Barcelona’s asking price was €50 million.
Now, it seems, the Catalan club will indeed receive 10 million euros for the loan deal.
Further, they stand to earn 40 million euros if the Frenchman signs a permanent deal with the Madrid club.
Griezmann could, these reports have said, sign a three-year contract with Atletico Madrid if he ever signs a permanent deal.