A small event. Sunday evening, during the derby between Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid, Antoine Griezmann was established for the first time this season. Indeed, the 2018 world champion has taken out a bench subscription since the start of the 2022-23 financial year, he who has therefore been a substitute in the first seven matches. Diego Simeone has got into the habit of throwing it after the hour mark. A strategy which is clearly dictated by the Madrid management according to FC Barcelona, the club to which Grizi belongs until 2024.
Atlético continues its strategy with Grizi
On loan since last year and for two seasons, the Frenchman is at the heart of a showdown between the two Spanish teams. To put it simply, Barça accuses the Colchoneros of doing everything not to exercise the purchase option of 40 million euros which can only be activated automatically if Antoine Griezmann plays 50% of Atlético’s matches. For a meeting to be counted, the tricolor striker must be on the field for at least 45 minutes. This has not been the case since the start of the season, since he plays an average of thirty minutes.
But Mundo Deportivo specifies that today, Barça should receive the sum fixed at the start since for the moment Grizi has played 70% of Atlético’s matches. Diego Simeone must therefore still send him to the bench for several games to avoid his club paying the famous 40 million euros. According to MD, the Argentinian technician’s idea is always to use him after the 60th minute and only start him in matches deemed important. Which was therefore the case on Sunday evening against Real Madrid, where the native of Mâcon started and played 79 minutes.
Barça expects the English this winter
A difficult situation for Griezmann (3 goals this season), especially as the 2022 World Cup is approaching. But the player will have to have strong nerves since FC Barcelona has a plan in mind for him. Sport and The Athletic explain that the Culés, who are afraid that Atlético will succeed in lowering the price of the player to 20 million euros by making him play less, aim to get rid of the Frenchman at all costs. And for that they rely on the Premier League, where signing a big check for him won’t be a problem.
This summer, several English teams have also tested the waters without necessarily going any further. We also learn that it was Manchester United, the club where his idol David Beckham played, who was the most interested. According Sport, the Mancunians could go on the offensive again in January in the event of the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who still wants to play in the Champions League. For his part, Griezmann, whose priority is to stay at Atlético de Madrid, will have to prepare for turbulent months. Because one thing is certain, FC Barcelona will not sell him off and intends to recover as much money as possible thanks to him.