Barcelona likely to make renewed bid for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann

first_imgBarcelona likely to make renewed bid for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine GriezmannBarcelona, according to reports in the Spanish media, are willing to again pursue the signing of Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.advertisement Next Reuters BarcelonaMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 16:15 IST Antoine Griezmann has been at Antoine Madrid since 2014 but has grown frustrated in recent years (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona are planning to sign Antoine GriezmannGriezmann has a release clause of 120 million eurosGriezmann has grown frustrated after many trophyless campaignsBarcelona are set to make another attempt to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid after last year’s long saga led to the France international rejecting the Catalan club, according to multiple reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday.Griezmann famously turned down an offer to join Barcelona last season, detailing his internal struggles about whether to make the move in a landmark documentary called The Decision, which was produced by a company owned by Barca’s Gerard Pique.He later signed a new contract with Atletico until 2023 which initially raised his release clause to 200 million euros but numerous reports say that figure will drop to 120 million on July 1.Catalan newspaper Sport said on their front cover that Barca have set their sights on Griezmann again and plan to fund paying his release clause of 120 million euros ($134.9 million) by selling Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, who cost them a club record 165 million.Spanish newspaper Marca said that Atletico’s squad believe Griezmann’s departure is ‘feasible’ while radio station Cadena Ser said the Frenchman is looking to leave the Madrid outfit after ending the campaign trophyless.The Griezmann saga caused great embarrassment to Barca but after the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool which sent them out of the Champions League, the club are planning to shake up their ageing squad ahead of next season.Griezmann has been Atletico’s talismanic figure since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014, but the club’s finances have been stretched by his ever-rising salary, which Marca say exceeds 20 million euros per year after tax.advertisementAtletico have already agreed to sell France defender Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich for 80 million euros, while long-serving captain Diego Godin has announced he is leaving the club at the end of the season.Also Read | Daniele De Rossi to leave AS Roma after 18 yearsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BarcelonaFollow Atletico MadridFollow Antoine GriezmannFollow LA Ligalast_img read more