According to Antonio Ruiz, COPE journalistAtletico Madrid are seriously considering the prospect of not extending Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann’s loan for next season.
The Frenchman, who enjoyed great success with athlete before signing for Barca in 2019, returned to Wanda Metropolitano last summer.
Griezmann has moved on to Los Rojiblancos late on transfer deadline day, joining a loan deal, which could be extended to two years, after which Atletico Madrid could sign him permanently for a stipulated fee.
However, the France international’s return to the Wanda Metropolitano was anything but memorable. So far in the 2021/22 campaign, Griezmann has managed an average return of just eight goals and six assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.
Given Atletico Madrid’s disappointing campaign, an overhaul this summer could potentially be on the cards. And, Griezmann could end up being one of the casualties as the club are now seriously considering ending his loan deal after just one year.
Indeed, according to the report, Los Colchoneros have already shared their thoughts on the matter with Griezmann and his representatives. Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin also met with Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany and the subject of the striker was discussed.
Ending his loan deal would save a huge chunk of the Spanish capital’s wage budget, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner pocketing a whopping €18million-a-year salary.
What now remains to be seen is whether Atletico Madrid actually go ahead with such a move or decide to stick with the Barcelona striker for another season. In case of dismissal, the Frenchman will end up at Camp Nou, where he is unlikely to have a future.
An intriguing summer awaits Griezmann as he seeks to clarify his future at the Wanda Metropolitano.