In a shocking move in the Deadline Day, Antoine Griezmann has rejoined Atlético Madrid from Barcelona on a season’s loan with an option buy for €40m (£34.4m). The 30-year-old forward spent five seasons at Atletico before moving to Barcelona in 2019 where he made 102 appearances, in which he has scored 35 goals and totaled 17 assists. Follow us for more sports prediction.
“Welcome back, Griezmann!” the La Liga champions wrote on its website. The Catalan club confirmed his departure, saying Atletico “will pay the player’s wages” and thanking the player for his service. “FC Barcelona would like to thank Antoine Griezmann for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future,” Barcelona said in a statement. Read more for free betting tips.
The 2018 World Cup winner was one of their highest earners since signing in 2019 for 120 million euros. He saw Atletico win the La Liga title last season, a feat he did not experience during his stint in the club as his only major trophy with Atletico was the 2018 Europa League, having signed for Diego Simeone’s men from Real Sociedad shortly after their surprise 2014 league title triumph.
The French international won the Copa del Rey with Barca last term, scoring the opening goal in the final against Athletic Bilbao. This season Griezmann has played almost every minute of Barcelona’s first three league games against Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao and Getafe. The move is just the latest big-name transfer following Messi’s Barcelona exit and Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Barcelona also completed the sale of the right-back Emerson Royal to Tottenham on a five-year deal for €25m and midfielder Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig for an initial €16m, with up to €6m to follow. All of these players were sold to reach an agreement with Sevilla to sign Dutch forward Luuk de Jong on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent transfer.
De Jong helped Sevilla to the 2020 Europa League crown and scored 10 goals in 69 LaLiga appearances. Earlier, Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have agreed to salary reductions to get the new signing Sergio Agüero registered amid financial fair play regulations. Barca president Joan Laporta earlier revealed that Barcelona’s debts stand at 1.35 billion euros ($1.58 billion).
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