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Atletico Madrid agree to buy Griezmann from Barcelona

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O Atletico Madrid finally reached an agreement to buy striker Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona. According to the newspaper Sportthe Spanish teams agreed the terms for the Frenchman to once again belong to the club in the capital.

The publication points out that Atlético, Barça and the player wanted to put an end to the negotiations. The negotiations, then, should be concluded in the next few days, with a fixed amount of 20 million euros (R$ 103 million) for the transfer, not including bonuses.

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Griezmann has an unusual start to the season: so far he has been a starter for Diego Simeone’s team on two occasions. In total, the striker played ten games, but totaled only 401 minutes – on average, 4.4 complete games.

According to Sportthe low minutes can be explained from the terms of the player’s loan agreement to the colchoneros. That’s because Griezmann would have to be bought mandatory for 40 million euros (R$ 206 million) if he played at least 50% of the time of the matches, adding the previous season and the current one. In this way, he is usually called from the bench to stay on the field for a maximum of half an hour.

Revealed by Real Sociedad, Griezmann arrived at Atlético de Madrid in 2014 and has become one of the club’s great recent idols. In 2019, he was sold to Barcelona for a massive €120 million (R$618 million currently), but he failed to live up to expectations.

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The 31-year-old French athlete played 102 games for Barça, scoring 35 goals and 17 assists, but never really established himself as a star of the team. With that, he was loaned back to Atlético in the 2021/22 season, when he played 39 games, scored eight times and made seven decisive passes.

Griezmann did not have a happy day last Tuesday, when he missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed in the defeat to Club Brugge-BEL, for 2 a 0for the Champions League. After the setback in the European competition, Atlético de Madrid returns to the pitch on Saturday, at 11:15 (Brasília time), to welcome Girona for the Spanish Championship.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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