Atletico will exercise €40 million clause to sign Barça's Griezmann

Atletico will exercise €40 million clause to sign Barça's Griezmann

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The Frenchman's return to Atleti will become permanent this summer

Diego Simeone has decided: Antoine Griezmann will 'sign' for Atletico Madrid. Girezmann joined Barcelona for 120 million euros three years ago but returned to Atletico last summer and the club are now preparing the 40 million euro clause to make the deal permanent this summer.

El Desmarque report that the French forward is featuring in Atletico's plans for next season and, therefore, they will make the payment to Barça.

The clause would have been activated automatically if Griezmann played 50 percent of the games which he was available for. He is currently at 66 percent, despite missing a large spell of the season due to injury.

Griezmann's transfer will be a boost to Barça's finances, both in terms of the fee they will receive and the amount they will save on his salary. With the club currently over their spending limit, they need exits to be able to turn their attention to the likes of Kessié, Christensen, Haaland, Raphinha, Mazraoui and even Lewandowski or Salah.

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