Antoine Griezmann remains contractually bound to Atletico Madrid and on Friday it is the day he should join the training because on Thursday he exhausted his regular holiday month, but the Frenchman will not join the Simeone team although Barcelona has not yet paid the 120 million euros of its clause of rescission. A payment that the azulgranas intend to execute throughout the Friday to avoid that the forward could be involved in a legal conflict with the entity from Madrid before his transfer to the Camp Nou. The Catalan club has accelerated the operation, although the delivery of the check at the headquarters of LaLiga could be delayed until next Monday. Late in the afternoon today,
the French newspaper «L'Equipe» announced that Barcelona had already paid
executed the clause of the international, but the outcome of the soap opera, finally, will be today. Or so it seems.
The departure of Griezmann from Atlético de Madrid has become a tiresome episode. The forward announced in mid-May his intention to leave and almost two months later is still linked to the club in which he has played the last five seasons. Until June 30, its termination clause was 200 million euros and Barcelona remained waiting until then, but once lowered to the current 120 million, the Catalans have not deposited that amount in the League. President Bartomeu tried to negotiate a deferred payment with the people of Madrid, but he met with the resounding refusal of Gil Marín and the tension has been increasing. Today can be the key day for the future of the Frenchman, who should join the rojiblanco team since he has consumed all his regulatory vacations.
File and sanction
Griezmann was cited by Atlético to join the preseason training sessions in Los Angeles of San Rafael last Sunday, but the player refused, arguing that until yesterday the 30 days of holidays that corresponded to him according to the current agreement between the AFE were not fulfilled and LaLiga because he played his last game of the season on June 13 with his team against Andorra. The forward tensed the rope conscious that he would face a file and an economic sanction by the club, but trusting that Barcelona would pay his clause before today to be free and not have to return to training. However, the azulgrana entity has not yet deposited the money in LaLiga, but hopes to do so throughout Friday. If he does not buy his freedom tomorrow, Griezmann, already in Madrid after a vacation in the United States and Ibiza, should wait until Monday because the weekend is not a working day to complete that process.
The intention of Barcelona, which will sign the French until June 2024, is to be able to close on Friday definitively the serial so that the international can be presented before the set of Ernesto Valverde starts pre-season training. The Barça players are summoned on Sunday at the Joan Gamper Sports City of Sant Joan Despí and the sessions will start on Monday. As it happened with goalkeeper Neto, Griezmann's presentation would be behind closed doors and with the media as the only witnesses because the Camp Nou is currently under construction. Plans that are subject to Barcelona's payment of the clause of the Atlético de Madrid footballer. .