Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement with Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann, who signs until June 2026. Up until now, Diego Simeone has had to restrict the Frenchman’s minutes, due to a clause in the transfer agreement between the two clubs that obliged Atlético to pay €40m if he exceeded half of the minutes in which he was available.
Atlético and Barcelona have agreed on a €20m fixed fee with another €2m in variables. According to Relevo, his salary will be considerably lower than the one he received at Barcelona. Griezmann has made an effort to reduce his salary in order to be able to continue at the Metropolitano. In addition to the remaining months of his loan deal, he has signed for another three seasons.
After an unsuccessful spell at Camp Nou, he returned to Atlético on loan for two seasons with a mandatory option to buy if he played more than 50% of the time. In his second season, the club opted not to pay his €40m clause.
In the meantime, there was a conflict between Barcelona and Atlético, with statements and different interpretations of what had been signed. Barça even threatened to sue the Madrid-based outfit. Griezmann eventually agreed to play 30 minutes per game, despite being a key player for Simeone.
Atlético tried to sign Griezmann before the summer transfer window shut but their offer was not enough for Barcelona as the Catalan club wanted to receive the €40m they had agreed on.
Griezmann has finally completed his return to the club he has played over 300 games for.