The future of Antoine Griezmann was one of the topics discussed between Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin and Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany during the dinner that took place in Madrid on Thursday.
The two men also talked about Alvaro Morata, a player in whom Barcelona have been interested since January. Here are the keys to understanding Griezmann‘s delicate situation.
Negotiating the fee
Atletico are looking for a formula to avoid spending as much as 40 million euros to acquire Griezmann‘s services by the of 2022/23. That will be his second season on loan at Los Rojiblancos, who believe that Barcelona should lower their demands.
Barcelona’s delicate situation
Atleti are aware that should Griezmann return to Barcelona, the Catalan club will be dealt a huge financial blow, as they will have to cover his annual amortisation fee of more than 22m euros.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are trying find ways to balance their books and make space in their salary cap to strengthen their team ahead of next season.
Griezmann wants to stay
The Frenchman is willing to stay put, as he did everything to return to Los Rojiblancos. Griezmann agreed to lower his wages and he has no intention of returning to a club where he failed to succeed.
Simeone wants him in the team
The Argentine coach was the one who pushed for Griezmann‘s move last summer. Simeone is fully confident that the France international will rediscover his form at Atletico following a below-par season.
Morata as makeweight
Altetico could persuade Barcelona to lower their demands by using Morata as a makeweight. The Blaugrana wanted to sign him on loan in January, but his contract ends next summer when Atletico could potentially lose him on a free transfer.
A very long summer.
Everything indicates that talks between the two parties will go on in the summer. Negotiations between Barcelona and Atletico have had their ups and downs in recent years, with the two clubs unsuccessfully trying to swap Griezmann for Saul Niguez last summer.