Antoine Griezmann has not started a single match with Atlético de Madrid since the start of the season. Whether in La Liga (5 matches) or in the Champions League (2 matches), the Frenchman always had to wait for the hour mark to get on the pitch. A dropper use which has its origin in the clause of the loan contract signed by the people of Madrid to FC Barcelona, owner of the player.
Passed from Atlético to Barça in 2019 against 120 million euros, Grizou returned to his former club last summer on a one-year loan with an option to buy, renewable for a further year.
This purchase option is set at 40 million euros but is linked to a specific clause. For Barça to have the right to recover these 40 million, Griezmann must have played 50% of the matches of Atlético de Madrid.
Regularly used by Diego Simeone last season, the French striker exceeded this threshold of 50% of matches played, despite an injury. This summer Barça therefore demanded money from Atlético, who turned a deaf ear and offered to buy the player for around twenty million euros, a sum refused by the Catalans.