Simeone Release Clause Was Thought To Be €50m
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone will be allowed to leave the La Liga side this summer.
The Argentine coach signed a new deal with the Spanish outfit following their Champions League Final defeat to local rivals Real Madrid at the end of last May. The news deal was controversial in that it saw him pick up a pay rise, but instead of extending his stay at the club the length of the contract was shortened. Simeone can now leave at the end of June 2018 instead of 2020. He is already the longest-serving manager in the club’s history having being appointed in December 2011.
But Calciomercato claims that reports he could leave this summer only if a release clause of €50million is triggered are incorrect. It had been reported that the clause would only be waived if the Argentine national team came calling. However, the site claims he can leave without any compensation being paid to Atletico.
The news will interest Inter Milan and Juventus both of whom are interested. Inter’s Chinese owners are likely to part with coach Stefano Pioli if they can recruit their former player Simeone as his replacement. Juventus coach Massimilano Allegri is out of contract at the end of the season. Arsenal have been linked, but there are reported Barcelona have offered him a deal worth €8million a year.
Griezmann Could Follow Simeone Out The Door
However, Manchester United will also be interested. Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann has persistently tied in his future with that of Simeone. If the Atletico coach leaves then Simeone could follow him out of the door.
A move to Italy looks unlikely for the France international. But Griezmann is United’s number one transfer target this summer although they would have to meet his release fee of €100million (£88million).
Griezmann insists he is happy in Madrid. If Simeone leaves then that happiness may be put to the test.