Striker Antoine Griezmann has officially made his return to Atletico Madrid in the form of a loan with a purchase obligation of 40 million euros after an evening full of twists! Two years after his resounding transfer to FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann is finally back to Atletico Madrid.
Two years after leaving Atletico de Madrid to join FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann is back with the Colchoneros. Disappointing in Catalonia, the French striker has just been loaned by Barcelona until the end of the current season. A loan with a purchase option of 40 Meuros.
He went through all the states in a few hours, but striker Antoine Griezmann (30) is indeed making his return to Atletico Madrid!
Despite rumors announcing that the transaction had not been validated on time. Both FC Barcelona and the Atletico Madrid confirmed on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday the loan of the French international for one year, with an additional year as an option, with a purchase obligation set at 40 M euros. Difficult to verify the information but the legend already claims that La Liga would have received the documents at 11.59pm, one minute before the deadline!
The Madrilenians’ refusal to include Joao Felix in the transaction, as Barcelona wanted, will not have prevented the two clubs from completing this operation, also made possible by the paying loan of midfielder Saul Niguez to Chelsea. With this comeback, the 2018 world champion thus confirms his failure in Catalonia. Recruited at Atletico in the summer of 2019 in exchange for the payment of his release clause of 120 million euros, the native of Mâcon, despite some good periods, will never be able to demonstrate the full extent of his talent under the blaugrana jersey.
First in the shadow of Lionel Messi, with whom he tended to trample on his toes despite a technical relationship in progress over time, the Habs will not have shone more after the departure of the Pulga, leaving the rookie Memphis Depay put on the offensive leader’s costume at the start of the year. Taken in flu and whistled by a fringe of supporters who criticized him for being at the origin of Messi’s departure by refusing to leave to allow Barcelona to save money, Griezmann leaves with a very poor record, composed in everything and for everything of a Spanish Cup, won in April. He will have scored 35 goals and delivered 17 assists in 99 games.
An audience to win back
By finding Diego Simeone, a coach whose philosophy he knows like the back of his hand, the Frenchman hopes to return to his level of the best years (2014-2019), when he was one of the best strikers in the world. The reception of the Wanda Metropolitano promises to be icy since the supporters have not forgiven him for his departure in Catalonia, but the Habs have enough talent to turn the tide! For its part, Barcelona will normally compensate for this departure by recruiting the Dutchman from Sevilla FC Luuk de Jong, but the operation has not yet been confirmed.
After only two seasons, Antoine Griezmann leaves Barcelona. Atletico Madrid, where he will meet his coach Diego Simeone, was the only possible destination. But administrative delays almost derailed this return.
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