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Barcelona fear Atletico Madrid are attempting to avoid signing Antoine Griezmann permanently

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Barcelona fear Atletico Madrid are ORDERING Diego Simeone to only use Antoine Griezmann as an alternative… leaving them to miss out on a £33.8m fee because he won’t trigger a transfer by starting 50% of their games

  • Antoine Griezmann is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid from Barcelona
  • Atletico must sign him permanently in 2023 if he plays 50% of their games
  • Griezmann has been left on the bench in recent weeks by Diego Simeone
  • Barcelona think Simeone has been told to only use Griezmann as an alternative
  • They might be doing this to stop themselves from having to sign him next 12 months 

Barcelona are concerned that Diego Simeone is being told by Atletico Madrid to make use of Antoine Griezmann sparingly in order that the club shouldn’t have to purchase him outright at the top of the season, in response to reports.

Griezmann rejoined Atletico Madrid on an initial two-year loan deal last summer, with Atletico having an obligation to purchase him in 2023 if certain conditions are met.

They’ll should sign him next 12 months if the Frenchman plays 50% of the matches that he is accessible for, but Barcelona fear that their Spanish counterparts could also be limiting Griezmann’s game time to avoid wasting themselves from paying a €40m (£33.8m) transfer fee, as reported by Sport.

Barcelona are apprehensive that they might miss out on a transfer fee for Antoine Griezmann

The 108-cap international featured usually under Simeone last term, making 37 appearances across all competitions.

He played at the very least 45 minutes in 30 of those matches, meaning he was heading in the right direction to earn himself a everlasting switch to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Nonetheless, he has began Atletico’s opening two LaLiga matches on the bench this season, with Simeone using him for lower than half an hour on each occasions.

Griezmann got here on as an alternative to attain in his side’s opening day win against Getafe, but was still not handed a start the next week against Villarreal.

Griezmann has started Atletico's opening two league games of the season on the bench

Griezmann has began Atletico’s opening two league games of the season on the bench

Barcelona think Diego Simeone may have been told to use Griezmann sparingly this season

Barcelona think Diego Simeone could have been told to make use of Griezmann sparingly this season

Barcelona imagine this could possibly be a results of Atletico’s hierarchy telling Simeone to not play the 31-year-old an excessive amount of as they don’t need to sign him next summer resulting from the club’s difficult financial situation.

Atletico have spent cautiously within the transfer window this summer, bringing in Nahuel Molina and Samuel Lino from Udinese and Gil Vicente respectively.

In addition they had to attend to register Axel Witsel initially of the summer after exceeding their salary limit.

Plainly the club should still be apprehensive by their financial predicament, and this might explain why Griezmann has been neglected of the starting XI in recent weeks. 

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