Antoine Griezmann graces the front page of Thursday’s edition of Sport, and there’s a whole series of claims about a possible move to Barcelona.
One, perhaps the most important, is about the Frenchman’s price.
That’ll be €100m, right. The buyout clause. Maybe a bit extra with the solidarity payments, but not so much in the scheme of things.
Wrong, believe Sport, because whilst Atletico may only be getting €100m should Griezmann leave, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a relative bargain.
Sport say Griezmann’s agent (he hasn’t actually got an agent, splitting in 2016, but we believe they mean mentor Eric Olhats or the player’s father) is tightening the grip on Barcelona and wants a big signing-on fee.
In much the same way Neymar got an obscene amount of money because Barca didn’t pay Santos a market value fee, that’s the plan for Griezmann.
Sport believe it could raise the price by €10-40m. Even in the current football landscape, that higher figure is ridiculous given it would be on top of a good wage.
The Atletico Madrid player wants his future sorted out before the World Cup, and his big signing bounty. Barcelona have a ‘fear’ about the rising price, but Sport suggest they’ll go along with it as long as it doesn’t get too high.