Barcelona have reportedly sought legal action over Antoine Griezmann’s loan move to Atletico Madrid after the Frenchman started on the bench for the fourth straight La Liga game.
Barcelona would have sought legal advice on the circumstances of Antoine Griezmannloan agreement Atlético Madrid.
The World Cup winner returned to the Wanda Metropolitano on loan in 2021 after struggling to regain his old form at Barcelona, and he registered eight goals and seven assists in 36 outings last season.
Amid competition from Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, Angel Correa and Matheus CunhaGriezmann has started 24 La Liga games in 2021-22 but has struggled to make the first XI of the current campaign.
Diego Simeone chose to start Griezmann on the bench in each of Atletico’s first four La Liga games, and he played for less than 30 minutes as a substitute on each occasion.
The 31-year-old scored against Getafe and Valencia from the bench – netting the winning goal against the latter – but Simeone hinted he was under orders not to give the striker too many minutes.
“You’ve known me for 10 years. I’m a club man and I always will be,” Simeone told reporters when asked about Griezmann’s lack of departures.
Atletico would be under an obligation to re-sign Griezmann permanently if he plays at least 45 minutes in 50% of games this season, and the fee is said to be €40m (£34.6m).
Simeone’s admission has led to speculation that Atletico chiefs have told the Argentine not to launch Griezmann in order to avoid coughing up payment to permanently welcome the France international to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Now, Mundo Deportivo – Going through 90 minutes – claim that Barcelona are now planning to take legal action against the capital club, but it’s unclear what specific action the Blaugrana will take.
Griezmann remains under contract at Barcelona until the summer of 2024 and has amassed 35 goals and 17 assists in 102 outings for the Catalans, but he doesn’t appear to be in xavierplans moving forward.
Barcelona already have a host of talented names competing for places in the final third, with Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the club’s first-choice centre-forward since his summer signing from Bayern Munich.
The arrival of Lewandowski has opened the door to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave the club for Chelsea, while Martin Braithwaite signed for Espanyol after his contract was terminated.
Memphis Depay was also due to leave in the summer transfer window but stayed to fight for his place in the Blaugrana XI, while Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha fight for places outside.
Raphinha and Lewandowski were both on target for Barcelona in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sevilla, while Griezmann played 27 minutes in a 1-1 draw with former club Real Sociedad.
Barcelona and Atletico will both be in the Champions League this week, as Xavi’s side take on Viktoria Plzen at Camp Nou in Group C while the Colchoneros host Porto in Group B.