Condemned to play match fights because of a disagreement between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann (31 years old, 6 appearances and 2 goals in La Liga this season) took over the derby lost against Real Madrid (1 -2) Sunday. This first tenure suggested that the two clubs were finally heading towards an agreement. But the situation has absolutely not changed according to Mundo Deportivo.
Indeed, Atlético would still intend to limit the playing time of the striker under contract with Barça. Remember that the loan of the French a purchase option (40 M€) which would become automatic if he would play at least 50% of the matches for which he is available over his two seasons on loan. The percentage reached 83.3% at the end of the previous financial year, and fell to 70.4% according to the calculations of the Catalan media.
A way for Atlético to force Barça to reduce the amount of the possible transfer. Apparently, the strategy remains similar after the international break. The only difference is that Diego Simeone would be allowed to start Griezmann for big games like the derby on Sunday. The Colchoneros believe that they benefit from a certain margin which does not prevent them from falling below 50%.
Of course, an injury to the international tricolor could thwart their plans. But in the meantime, the former Real Sociedad player risks being confined to the bench until the hour mark.