Antoine Griezmann's release clause returns to 100 million euros

Griezmann agreed to stay with Atletico for at least one more season

Manchester United were close to the player and may return next summer

Fichar a Griezmann cuesta 100 millones menos que el 31 de agosto
Fichar a Griezmann cuesta 100 millones menos que el 31 de agosto | AFP

With the transfer window closed, Antoine Griezmann's buyout clause has reduced from 200 million euros to 100 million euros.

When Atletico Madrid's transfer ban was upheld on June 1, impeding the club from making signings until 2018, the club found themselves in a tough situation. 

One of the first things they did, therefore, was to tie down the spine of their team. Koke was the first, then, after the ban was confirmed, came Griezmann. Later came Saul Niguez and Jan Oblak. 

Before renewing, Griezmann had a release clause of 100 million euros, a figure which didn't guarantee he would remain at the club this summer given the state of the market. 

Atletico began negotiations with Griezmann and on June 13 reached an agreement over a new deal until 2022. The most important part of the contract was an increase in the release clause, from 100 million to 200 million euros, although it had an expiry date: August 31. 

The agreement came with the France international's blessing, who at the time looked close to Manchester United than Atletico. As his ex-agent revealed a few days ago, if Atletico hadn't had their ban upheld, Antoine would have left. 

Now, with the transfer window closed, the clause has been dropped to 100 million euros again and Atletico hope that Griezmann, sent off in week one and currently serving a two-game ban, will return to his best form. 


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