Barcelona Preparing To Sue Atletico Madrid Over Antoine Griezmann’s €40 million Transfer Payment

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Barcelona is considering a lawsuit over Atletico Madrid’s loan of French forward Antoine Griezmann with the Blaugrana contending that Griezmann is already a long-term member of the Atleti roster.

Barcelona Preparing To Sue Atletico Madrid Over Antoine Griezmann's €40 million Transfer Payment

In the summer of 2021, Barcelona agreed to a two-year loan of Griezmann to Atletico Madrid with an option to purchase the player for €40 million should certain criteria be met.

Due to the fact that those prerequisites are stretched out over two years, Barcelona believes they have been met, contrary to Atletico Madrid’s belief, which is why they have proposed filing a lawsuit.

Griezmann’s permanent contract with the Blaugrana, in Barca’s opinion, has expired, and they are entitled to immediate payment of €40 million.

What Does Barcelona Want From Griezmann?

According to sources within Barcelona, the deal was a one-year plus one-year arrangement whereby Atletico Madrid would be required to purchase Griezmann permanently if he featured in 50% of the matches during his first year.

Atletico Madrid would automatically extend the player’s loan into the second year of the loan deal if that didn’t happen.

Barcelona believed that the conditions had been met and that they were entitled to a €40 million payment from Atletico Madrid as a result of Griezmann appearing in 50% of that team’s games last season.

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They no longer care when Griezmann enters the game as a substitute since Atletico Madrid has been doing so to adhere to the terms of their loan arrangement and avoid having to pay for him outrightly.

The requirement to buy has not been fulfilled, as predicted, according to Atletico Madrid, who also claim that the obligation to buy is only activated if the Frenchman participates in 50% of games throughout each of the two seasons, not just the first.

According to certain reports, Griezmann’s representatives are trying to find a solution so that he may play more games this season. Griezmann is reportedly upset about the situation.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann, a forward for La Liga club Atlético Madrid (after the 60th minute), on loan from Barcelona, and the France national team, was born on March 21, 1991.

Griezmann is a versatile player who has experience playing as an attacking midfielder, a winger, and a striker. He is renowned for his attacking, passing, and supportive defense.

He was Player of the Tournament and the tournament’s leading scorer as France finished second at UEFA Euro 2016, and he earned the Silver Boot as the tournament’s second-highest goalscorer when France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Barcelona Preparing To Sue Atletico Madrid Over Antoine Griezmann's €40 million Transfer Payment

He also received the Bronze Ball as the competition’s third-best player and was named Man of the Match in the championship game.

Antoine Griezmann Returned To Atletico Madrid From Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann unexpectedly returned to Atlético Madrid from Barcelona on a season-long loan with a €40 million (£34.4 million) option for a permanent transfer.

The €120 million deal that saw the France international leave Atlético for Barcelona in 2019 fell short of expectations. For the Catalan club, he only managed to score 22 goals in 74 La Liga appearances.

Joo Felix had been considered as part of a trade, but Barcelona chose to sign Luuk de Jong from Sevilla for a season-long loan with the possibility of a permanent transfer.

Griezmann joined Atlético from Real Sociedad and enjoyed five great seasons there. His goal return was far better than at Camp Nou, with 94 goals in 180 league appearances.

Antoine Griezmann’s Wife

Griezmann has been dating Basque Country native Erika Choperena since 2011. She is Spanish. Erika Choperena and Antoine Griezmann have been married for around five years.

After dating for six years, Griezmann and Erika wed on June 15, 2017, in Toledo at the Palacio de Galiana from the eleventh century.

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On April 8, 2016, a daughter named Mia was born as their first child. On April 8, 2019, the couple welcomed their second child, whom they named Amaro after Antoine’s paternal grandpa Amaro Lopes.

The couple welcomed Alba, a daughter, as their third child on April 8, 2021. Therefore, the birthdays of the three siblings are the same.

Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann

The Barcelona forwards Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann expressed regret for a 2019 video that appeared to make fun of Japanese hotel personnel but disputed that their remarks were discriminatory.

During Barcelona’s preseason trip to Japan prior to the 2019–20 season, Dembele captured a video that was released on social media. It showed both players laughing at a group of hotel personnel who were attempting to fix a television.

Barcelona Preparing To Sue Atletico Madrid Over Antoine Griezmann's €40 million Transfer Payment

The two most recently played for France at Euro 2020, where the tournament’s world champions were eliminated by Switzerland after a shootout in the round of 16.

Antoine Griezmann Stats

Griezmann has so far scored 231 career goals in 602 appearances, he scored 35 goals and 17 assists for Barcelona and 144 goals and 57 assists in 298 appearances for Atletico Madrid. For Real Sociedad, he scored 52 goals and had 18 assists in 202 appearances for the club.

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