Spain has been talking about it since yesterday, and this would be the explanation for the low playing time of Simeone’s favorite at the start of the season. As indicated by the Spanish media Relevo, a clause in the contract of Grizou (loaned for the second season in a row by Barça) stipulates (says) that if he plays more than 50% of Atlético’s matches (play a match = playing 45 minutes or more), the Madrid club will have to automatically exercise the purchase option at 40 million euros. However, he has no desire to rack up and has been trying to negotiate for months.
We can imagine that Barça, who had paid 135 M€ for the wag in 2019, would like to recover a little money on their side … In short, the standoff is engaged and while waiting for it to get loose, it is Griezmann who toasts (and Simeone, who would like to play him but must follow the instructions of his leaders). Another good news for the Blues less than three months from the World Cup.