The third of the last Ballon d'Or, star of the Blues, is officially on the transfer market since Tuesday night. Antoine Griezmann announced his decision to leave Atletico Madrid after five seasons. The 2018 world champion, 28 years old, 69 caps, posted a message in Spanish on his club's Twitter account. PSG does not go favorite in this folder, but it is in ambush.
"I made the decision to leave, to see other things, to know other challenges, explains to fans the striker born in Mâcon. It costs me to take this path but it's what I feel, what I need. And I would like to thank you for all these years of support and encouragement. This is where I won my first important club titles. I will remember it all my life. "
Last year, Antoine Griezmann had hesitated for a long time, before announcing his decision to stay with the Colchoneros in a very staged video published during the World Cup. This time, he acted with discretion and efficiency. He was recently very touched by the announcement of the departure of Diego Godin, his Uruguayan friend whom he dreamed of seeing extended.
Termination clause at 120 million euros
This announcement opens a second phase: that of his transfer to a big stable. Griezmann seems promised a future in Barca, as we wrote last week. The Catalan club had almost welcomed him last summer and absolutely wants it this year, again. But this transfer is not yet concluded. The player has not announced anything in this sense and, in his entourage, it is reported that other clubs are interested in his profile. What promise a beautiful tug and a rise in the auction, while the Spanish market opens on July 1. It will be necessary to pay the release clause of 120 M € to offer the services of Griezmann.
According to our information, the PSG is among the contenders. Already very hot on the record in 2016, the club of the capital would have returned to the news recently and would have expressed interest in the player who is already playing with Kylian Mbappé at the Blues. This interest obviously raises questions of competition and cost, but in case of departure of Edison Cavani, Neymar – Mbappé – Griezmann attack could give headaches to all the defenses of Europe.
Two years ago, after the Barcelona revival, Qatar broke the bank by hosting Mbappé and Neymar. An example he is obviously tempted to reproduce in view of the recent contacts made in Paris to take the temperature concerning the intentions of star Griezmann. Once again, Barça holds the rope, but an arrival in Paris is judged as "not impossible" by a relative of the file.