Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann's wage cut to re-join Atletico Madrid revealed

Tom Gott
Antoine Griezmann has returned to Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has returned to Atletico Madrid / David Ramos/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann agreed to slash his wages nearly in half in order to facilitate his move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid.

After being linked with a move back to Los Rojiblancos earlier in the summer, Griezmann finally got his switch late on deadline day, returning to Atletico on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy for around £34m.

It was a move which initially did not materialise because of a number of financial issues, one of which was Atleti's refusal to pay Griezmann's wages, which were thought to sit at over the £300,000-a-week mark.

To get the move over the line, Goal state that Griezmann agreed to cut his wages by around 40% - taking him to a level where Atletico were comfortable.

Barcelona also did not ask for a loan fee, meaning there were no hidden costs for Atletico to bring their former superstar back to the Wanda Metropolitano.

As part of the deal, Atletico have agreed to an obligation to sign Griezmann permanently, but there is some flexibility to that. It's an initial one-year loan, but Atleti can extend that by a further year if they pay Barcelona a set fee next summer.

Should they do that, then the £34m obligation would still be there but would only come into effect if Griezmann plays in 50% of Atletico's games in the 2022/23 season, which is quite a straightforward target to hit.

Now away from the spotlight at Camp Nou, Griezmann can focus solely on his football and his search for a La Liga title which has somehow evaded him thus far in his career.

He first joined Atletico back in 2014, the summer after they had won the La Liga title, but failed to lead Los Rojiblancos back to glory before leaving to join Barcelona in 2019... right after they had just won the title as well.

With just one Copa del Rey trophy to his name at Barcelona, Griezmann moved to the reigning La Liga champions for the third time in his career to end what some in the Spanish press have described as 'the Griezmann curse'.