Barcelona have raised many eyebrows this summer by sanctioning the sale of a plethora of unwanted stars, in their attempts to trim the squad and strengthen the quality of their overall unit.
While the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club, one player who continues to remain a Barcelona player is Antoine Griezmann.
The forward is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, which does not expire until the end of the 2022/23 campaign. Atleti reportedly have an obligation to sign the player for a fee of €40 million next summer, provided they utilise the attacker in the 50% of their matches.
However, according to COPE, Atletico Madrid have no intention to pay €40 million for Griezmann even though the striker had featured in a majority of their matches last season.
Atletico Madrid have already made several attempts to convince Barça to lower their price tag for Griezmann. But as per the report, it appears the player’s agent is also in on the act, urging the Catalans to reach an agreement with the capital club.
What has perhaps forced Griezmann’s agent to get himself involved in the matter is his client’s lack of game-time this season.
In order to avoid meeting the clause set out in the loan contract, Atletico Madrid have appeared cautious in using Griezmann so far in the new season.
As the contract entails the player must play at least play 45 minutes in a particular game, coach Diego Simeone is yet to utilise his qualities for more than 30 minutes in a single game in La Liga, even though the forward has already netted two goals.
This is severely impacting Griezmann’s progress, thus forcing his agent to convince Barcelona to reach a settlement with Atletico Madrid that will allow the capital club to secure his services permanently on a cut-price deal next summer.
Barcelona, though, believe Atletico Madrid are acting in bad faith by refusing to adhere to the contract and have so far resisted attempts to lower their valuation. Whether or not the Catalans change their minds in the future remains to be seen.