Barca suspect the Frenchman has been a substitute in the three league games because Atlético will not pay the 40 million clause at the end of the course
Despite the lingering win over Mestalla that eased the pain of the Metropolitano defeat to Villarreal, there is a strange atmosphere at Atlético and a lot of fear at Cholo Simeone due to last-minute moves in the transfer market, with rumors of departures that players like Griezmann, Carrasco and Saul. Lodi has already left, on loan at Nottingham Forest, and in his place, Sergio Reguilon comes on a one-year loan from Tottenham, where he was a remnant for coach Antonio Conte.
Exactly, Griezmann’s third substitution in a row confirms that there are issues surrounding the French player, which are still being talked about. Again ‘the Little Prince’ came back on the playing field after 60 minutes and was decisive with that lucky goal that tipped the balance in favor of the colchoneros. Cholo Simeone has always said he sees him as a key figure, but the club’s delicate economic situation defines him.
Under the agreement reached between the entities last summer, Atlético will have to pay Barca 40 million in case it plays 50% of the matches in which it is available. Last season he played a minimum of 45 minutes in 81% of the commitments, so everything seemed to indicate that the agreed condition would be met and at the end of this campaign, Antoine would be part of the red and white squad for all intents and purposes.
However, at the start of this course, everything has changed. Griezmann was a substitute in the first three league games and played less than half an hour per game. The Barca board is convinced that Simeone has been ordered not to be a starter, but the Argentine coach obviously denies that anyone has told him that Antoine is not in the game. Griezmann? As long as he manages to react as he is, it’s very important for us to have him on the pitch. I understand you have to put it on when it suits the team best,” he reflected in Mestalla’s guts.
The bills are clear. If Griezmann plays more than half of some 15 games, although the final amount will depend on how far Atletico get in all competitions, that 40 million clause will be activated. It’s a small amount and it brings some peace of mind to Barca, confident Atletico want to renegotiate that money down with the veiled threat that they won’t have to pay in June and the French return to the Camp Nou. At Barça, they are confident that the calendar, with a match every three days until the World Cup in Qatar, is in their best interest. The rotations will be necessary and it is believed Griezmann will perform more frequently from the start.
Source: La Verdad