Every summer – particularly those without an international tournament – are dominated by transfer speculation, and Antoine Griezmann’s La Liga switch from Atletico Madrid to FC Barcelona is the 2019 edition.
A potential move from the Wanda Metropolitano to the Camp Nou for the Frenchman last summer never materialised after he opted to remain in the capital – and release that video.
He has since confirmed in another video – a shorter one this time – that he would be seeking to leave Los Rojiblancos before the start of the 2019-20 campaign, despite signing a new contract before the 2018 World Cup.
Ateltico Madrid have given their blessing for Griezmann to leave, with fans becoming increasingly frustrated with his posturing over an exit.
However the stumbling block appears to be that any move to Catalonia is not likely to be done quickly – despite Griezmann’s willingness to move before pre season training.
FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is in no rush to get the deal done, stating that no moves will be completed before the Copa del Rey final on May 26th, and from there he would make a decision.
There are also consistent rumours within Spanish and Catalan media that members of the FC Barcelona squad are not happy with the club pursuing Griezmann – citing his apparent u-turn last season as a demonstration of his unreliability.
There is also the factor of Atletico Madrid insisting they will only open negotiations if Griezmann’s €120m release clause is met – with the La Liga champions looking to negotiate a deal closer to the €100m mark.
Given his contract situation, and the fact that former club Real Sociedad will receive 25% of any sale, Atletico are happy to sit in and wait for their valuation to be met.
With four years to run on his current deal, Grtiezmann has lost most of the leverage he had last season and now he will have to play the waiting game until a deal is thrashed out.
In the unlikely event that a deal cannot be reached, he faces the difficult task of returning to Atletico Madrid to face a fan base that he has already said his goodbyes to.
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