Written by Patrick Echatah
Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany was spotted meeting Atletico Madrid chief Gil Marin late on Thursday which has prompted lots of chatter about what, or more likely who, the duo were talking about.
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Alemany was met by reporters afterwards and didn’t say much but did insist he had not been talking about Griezmann.
The thing is there is a lot of talk about Griezmann right now. In fact it’s thought that Atletico don’t really want to pay Barca a fee for the Frenchman and will offer Alvaro Morata instead.
Meanwhile, Cope have been reporting that Atletico are “seriously contemplating” not keeping the Frenchman for a second year and have apparently already told the player and his sister.
Yet that seems unlikely given Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said only this week that Griezmann would be staying in Madrid.
“He has a splendid future, I think that Griezmann this season due to the injuries he has had and due to the circumstances of the team he has not what we all expected,” he said.
“But I believe that Griezmann is one of the three or four best players in the world. With how difficult it is to find this type of player, we are not going to part with him.”
Barcelona sent Griezmann on loan last summer in a deal that included ”the option of a further season” and “an obligatory permanent transfer clause” which is thought to be €40 million.
Griezmann has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Atletico so far this season, scoring eight times.
Barcelona are reportedly set to receive a huge influx of money due to a sale of licensing and merchandise. Diario AS reported that the club is set to receive a capital injection of €200m.
The sale will include selling 49% of Barça Licensing & Merchandising (BLM), which is effectively a retail company, to a consortium formed by Fanatics and Investindustrial.
If the agreement is reached then Barcelona will convene the Extraordinary General Assembly to approve the deal. Mundo Deportivo reckon Barca want it all finalized soon “as it is the only possible way to balance the 2021-2022 accounts” without joining the CVC deal.
Once the sale goes through, the board of BLM will reportedly consist of “Joan Laporta, Rafa Yuste, Ferran Olve, Julio Guiu, Sergi Ricart and Maribel Melandez.”
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