Paris – AFP
French international striker Antoine Griezmann will return to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, two years after leaving the capital club, on loan from his local rival Barcelona, to be crowned local league title last season, according to the sports newspaper L’Equipe “.
Just hours before the summer transfer window closed at midnight on Tuesday, the newspaper wrote, “Atletico Madrid succeeded in retrieving Antoine Griezmann on the last day of the transfer market.”
According to L’Equipe, no official statement has been issued by either side to confirm the loan, which includes the option of permanently signing a contract with a thirty-year-old after the loan period expires.
The return of Griezmann to Argentina coach Diego Simeone’s team, with a five – year contract worth 120 million euros two years later, created another strong shock in the summer transfer market, with Barcelona losing the support of its Argentine star Lionel Messi. Paris Saint-Germain, and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United a year before his contract with Italian Juventus expired.
Chrismann’s departure from Barcelona will free Dutch coach Ronald Koeman from the French striker’s big annual salary, especially as the Catalan club suffered a major financial crisis from its former president, Joseph Maria Bardomeu. Effects of corona virus.
Griezmann has played in 257 appearances for Atletico in all competitions and has scored 133 goals, including 94 in 180 appearances in the Spanish league.
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