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Antoine Griezmann is back at Atlético de Madrid. After a last minute operation that at times was in danger, “The Little Prince” returns to the club of his loves on the last day to make transfers in Europe.
FC Barcelona was not happy with the performance of the French striker, much less with his contract ($ 31 million dollars a year, according to Soccer Transfers). And the player’s desire was not very alien to those of the club. Going back to “Atleti” was ideal for him and after weeks of rumors his story has a happy ending.
The agreement that Atlético de Madrid reached with Barcelona is as follows: loan for one year with the option of another extendable season by either party.
The mattresses will assume the player’s file and also have a $ 47 million mandatory purchase option, approximately.
In Barcelona, Griezmann played 102 games, adding 35 goals and 16 assists. He won a Copa del Rey in two seasons as culé.
Antoine Griezmann back to Atletico Madrid, HERE WE GO! Agreement now completed with Barcelona. Loan until June 2022 with buy option for € 40m. ⚪️🔴 #Athletics #DeadlineDay
Griezmann has agreement for two years contract plus one option. He’s BACK at Atléti. Shocking move of the day. pic.twitter.com/kBQAkgQyLt
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
It was a last minute signing: the corresponding documentation arrived at La Liga offices practically within the established time limit. It even needed clarification from the aforementioned entity:
“The League has not granted any extension. The operations of Griezmann and De Jong have entered time before the closure of LaLiga Manager. LaLiga, once the documentation is uploaded, reviews it on each of these operations“.
#The league it has not granted any extension. The operations of Griezmann and De Jong have entered time before the closure of LaLiga Manager. LaLiga, once the documentation is uploaded, reviews it on each of these operations.
– LaLiga (@LaLiga) August 31, 2021
Antoine Griezmann He is a tremendous signing for Atlético de Madrid. It is a win-win for both parties, who cross their paths again in search of staying in the elite of European football.
The Frenchman added five seasons with the Madrid club in his first stage (from 2014 to 2019). In that period he played 257 matches, collaborating with 133 goals and 50 assists.
The jewel of Atlético de Madrid returned. Those led by Diego “Cholo” Simeone have a more than defined north: to be two-time champion in La Liga and to strike the big blow in the UEFA Champions League.
🇫🇷 @AntoGriezmann He will wear our shirt again after the agreement reached between our club and Barcelona for his loan.
Welcome, Antoine! 🤙
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– Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 31, 2021