Barcelona ‘preparing to sue Atletico Madrid over Griezmann after finding loophole for around £35m transfer’

BARCELONA are preparing a lawsuit against Atletico Madrid over the transfer of Antoine Griezmann, Spanish media say.

The Frenchman left Atletico for FC Barcelona in 2019 but returned on a two-year loan in August 2021.

Antoine Griezmann is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann is currently on loan at Atletico MadridPhoto credit: Rex

The Spanish side will have to pay £34m to buy Griezmann permanently if he plays more than half of their games this season.

That commitment is only achieved if he plays a full 45 minutes of football in half the games.

In order to avoid activating the clause, Atlético seem to limit their playing time.

This season, Griezmann has been substituted on from the 62nd, 64th, 63rd and 61st minutes of the game.

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But according to Sport, Barca will take legal action as they believe the terms of the deal are already met.

Camp Nou bosses insist Griezmann has had to play 45 minutes or more in over 50 per cent of games in his first season on loan.

And the second year was not included in the calculations as it was simply an extension of the originally agreed terms.

But Atletico hit back to argue the clause extends beyond the second season on loan.

That means if they don’t meet the terms of this campaign, they won’t be obliged to pay the full £34m transfer fee.

Barca are believed to have informed Atletico of their intentions to file a lawsuit and demand immediate payment.

Griezmann joined Barca for £108m but hasn’t been able to settle in, scoring just 35 goals in his 102 games.

Last season he played 39 times, scoring just eight goals while starting 32 games.

This season, 31-year-old Griezmann has scored three goals in his five games but has only started twice.

Antoine Griezmann is in his second year on loan at Atletico

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Antoine Griezmann is in his second year on loan at AtleticoPhoto credit: Rex

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