Release Clause Timing Key To Griezmann Deal Going Ahead
Atletico Madrid midfielder Antoine Griezmann wants his future resolved before the World Cup starts in June.
The France international has been linked with interest from Barcelona. Talks are believed to have taken place over Christmas between Griezmann’s family and representatives from the Catalan side. But Atletico have threatened to report Barcelona over the talks claiming they were illegally approaching the 27-year-old.
Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Griezmann said he wants to go in to the World Cup finals without his future being up in the air.
“I want to travel to Russia without this concern,” he said. “It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.
“It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand.
“What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.”
But Griezmann has a more practical reason for wanting the issue to be resolved before the beginning of June.
Last summer, Manchester United look set to trigger his €100million (£88million) release clause with Atletico. The deal was scuppered when the La Liga side had their transfer embargo confirmed by the Court Of Arbitration For Sport. That meant they couldn’t sign a replacement until 1 January 2018.
Atletico offered Griezmann a new contract. However, they doubled his release fee from €100million to €200million. That fee drops back to €100million at the end of La Liga season in May before reverting back to €200million from 1 July.
If Barcelona don’t get the deal sorted before the World Cup starts then the only way it will be done is if France are eliminated before the end of June. Only then would Griezmann be free to resume discussions on his future.
In the meantime, Atletico have offered Griezmann yet another new contract.