Atletico Madrid re-sign Antoine Griezmann on loan from Barcelona

Jamie Spencer
Antoine Griezmann has left Barcelona to re-join Atletico Madrid on loan
Antoine Griezmann has left Barcelona to re-join Atletico Madrid on loan / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid have re-signed forward Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona on an initial one-year loan with the option for a second year and an obligation to make it a permanent transfer.

There were doubts over whether Atletico and Barça had completed the deal in time, while the nature of the transfer also changed late in the day as it was initially arranged as a one-year loan with only an option to buy.

The loan extension can be triggered by either side and Atletico will pay all of the player's wages.

Griezmann completed a controversial switch from Atletico to Barça in 2019 when the Catalans triggered a €120m release clause once it lowered from €200m. Atletico argued that because the player already had an agreement with Barça before the cut-off, they were liable for the full amount.

Griezmann was initially linked with a return to Atletico earlier this summer when talks were held over a proposed swap involving Saul Niguez heading to Camp Nou.

That fell apart and Saul has since moved to Chelsea on loan, but there was also briefly a potential deal on the table that included Joao Felix heading to Barça in the opposite direction instead. However, Atletico didn’t want to let the talented Portuguese go.

Instead, Griezmann has returned to Atletico without any other players involved in the deal.

The Frenchman, now 30, previously scored 133 goals in 257 appearances for Atletico during his first spell with the club after joining from Real Sociedad in 2014. He helped the club win the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, as well as playing in the 2016 Champions League final.

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