FC Barcelona planning to take legal action against Atletico Madrid


New Delhi: FC Barcelona is suing Atletico Madrid, demanding the club pay €40m for Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has returned to Atletico on a two-year loan deal in 2021, but both clubs are now at loggerheads over a clause that would make the deal permanent.

According to sources close to Barca, Griezmann played more than 45 minutes in 30 of the 37 games available to him last season, which is why Atletico should sign him for €40 million. While the Madrid-based club say the Frenchman must play more than 45 minutes in 50% of the games he is selected for over two seasons, not just one, for the clause to be triggered.

That’s why Atletico uses Griezmann as a substitute in the second half of this season, who came on in the 62nd, 62nd, 64th, 63rd and 61st minutes of his five matches. Sources say Barcelona’s legal team have reviewed the contract and are convinced they are right, but Atletico have a different interpretation of the clause.

An Atletico spokesman said the club had not received an official statement from Barcelona.

Speaking to the press after scoring Atletico Madrid’s winner against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, Griezmann said: “It is what it is.”

“It is not in my hands. I want [play] more, but it gives everything in a minute. I’m happy to be here, the only thing I want is to give everything for this club, Cholo [coach Diego Simeone] and the fans,” he added.

Similarly, when asked about the situation at Friday’s press conference, Barcelona manager Xavi said: “It’s not my problem, it’s a problem between the two clubs. It’s not something. The two clubs need to talk. But there is no dispute here, we think he is an Atletico Madrid player.”

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