Last summer, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid agreed a loan deal for Antoine Griezmann. The agreement included an option for the loan to be extended for a further season, provided both clubs agreed.
Atlético did not pay any money to Barça for the loan transfer of the France international. They took on 100 percent of the player’s salary for the 2021-22 season after Griezmann agreed to a reduction of up to 40 percent in his salary compared to what he would have received if he had stayed at Barcelona. Barça managed to save on his salary in order to reduce the wage bill and Atlético had their Frenchman back in the capital.
In this loan deal with the option for a second season, a purchase option was included, but not an obligation to buy, for €40 million, as long as all the bonuses and variables in the agreement were fulfilled. According to Goal last September, Atlético will have to exercise that purchase option if Griezmann’s loan is extended for another season and if the player plays more than 50% of the matches in which he is available. The matches in which he has been injured or suspended would not count.
When would Atlético Madrid have to pay this money to Barça?
Goal report that Atlético Madrid have no obligation to pay the €40 million to Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann this summer, but have the option to do so when they consider it appropriate, either during the second year of the loan or from 2023, if they execute the option to buy.