In exchange for Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona has requested two further Atletico Madrid players.
The possibility of Antoine Griezmann returning to Atletico Madrid has been put on hold…
Barcelona has put a stop to Antoine Griezmann’s possible return to Atletico Madrid by seeking more money or players in the swap deal that also involves Saul Niguez. This week’s negotiations have proceeded swiftly, and all parties are eager to reach an agreement.
Griezmann, of course, controversially left Atletico Madrid to join Barcelona in the summer of 2019.
Griezmann’s £107 million buyout clause was activated by Barcelona immediately after it had lowered from £170 million.
Atletico Madrid were sure that conversations with Barcelona were already started behind the scenes when the World Cup winner announced his departure from the Wanda Metropolitano in May.
As a result, they demanded that Barca pay the whole £170 million release clause, which they eventually lost.
Griezmann might now return to Atleti in an unexpected turn of events.
This week, it was widely rumored that the two teams were in talks about a swap deal in which Saul would join Barcelona.
However, according to Sky Sports and rumors in Spain, Barcelona will not be content with a straight swap.
This is because they believe Griezmann is more valuable than Saul, and they want Atletico to compensate them with additional funds or a player.
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Barcelona is said to have requested an additional £13 million for Mario Hermoso or Renan Lodi.
Atletico has stated that Lodi is not for sale and that the Brazilian left-back will remain with the club.
Both he and Hermoso were instrumental in Atletico’s La Liga triumph last season.
Should the swap deal go through, Griezmann may face a difficult battle in regaining the support of Atleti supporters after his acrimonious departure.
“It’s a pity about Atletico,” he said during his introduction in Barcelona two years ago. I went to see them on purpose so that they wouldn’t be surprised and could plan for the future.
“We came to an understanding, but things changed, and you just have to accept it.”
Barcelona is in serious need of a pay cut. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”