​Antoine Griezmann is set to be hit in the pocket after failing to report for pre-season training this week, as reports claim Atletico Madrid will fine him €200,000 - the maximum they are legally permitted to.


The 28-year-old's transfer saga has dominated yet another summer window, as Atletico announced his departure at the end of last season, before doing a dramatic U-turn and ​issuing a statement accusing Barcelona of tapping up the Frenchman. 


This is despite his release clause dropping by €80m as of June 1st, a development​ Barcelona were widely expected to take advantage of immediately, but they have as yet been able to make a move happen, leaving Griezmann effectively stranded between clubs for the time being. 

Antoine Griezmann

He has no feasible way back at ​Atletico, since they have already redistributed his squad number to new signing Joao Felix, and he appears to have exacerbated the situation after rebuffing calls to join the team at pre-season training on Sunday. ​ESPN report that club officials are fuming, and he will be hit with a hefty €200,000 fine for his troubles. 


They quote an 'Atletico source' as saying: "Logically a disciplinary process will be opened as Griezmann did not present himself for an official call-up with the club where he is under contract."

Confusingly, the report adds that Griezmann isn't even legally obliged to return to training, since he is contractually permitted to take a 31-day break, and his last match was with France on 11th June. 


It's possible he could use his last few days off to force through a move away, as ESPN also quote Barca sources in saying that the move should still go through this week.