Barcelona are reportedly preparing to take legal action against league rivals Atletico Madrid after a disagreement between the LaLiga clubs on the terms of forward Antoine Griezmann ’s loan deal.
In August 2021, the 31-year-old Griezmann returned to Atletico on loan from Barcelona. According to a clause in the contract, the France international is expected to return to Atletico permanently at the end of the current season, but only if he registers to a specific amount of playing time.
He was brilliant during his first five-year spell in the Spanish capital, scoring 133 goals in 257 games.
This season, Griezmann has only played after the 60th minute and Manager Diego Simeone, is said to be starting him from the bench to avoid activating the player’s €40 million (£35 million) transfer clause.
According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Atletico Madrid can expect legal action from Barcelona over Griezmann’s deal, as Barcelona feel that the player has met the ‘£35 million’ buy-out clause in his contract by playing over 50% of the minutes he was available last season.
The forward played around 80 percent of Atletico’s games during the 2021/22 campaign.
Griezmann’s minutes played this season are allegedly unimportant in Barcelona’s view because the loan is just for one season, not two.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid disputes this, claiming that the deal is meant to last two years, they think they will only need to complete a permanent deal if Griezmann plays more than 30 minutes of football in 50 per cent of games this season.
Barcelona is eager to regain part of the £107 million they spent for Griezmann, but Atletico no longer has as much interest in the player following the previous campaign in which the forward had struggled scoring 8 goals in 36 appearances.
Although Griezmann has made a good start to this term – finding the net three times – it’s believed Atletico don’t want to pay a huge fee for a player in his thirties.