Atletico Madrid has announced that Antoine Griezmann has returned on a permanent basis after Barcelona agreed to lower the transfer cost from €40 million to €20 million.
With Griezmann agreeing to a deal at the Metropolitano till 2026, Barca president Joan Laporta stated on Sunday that Atletico could possibly be required to pay an additional €4m in “easily attainable add ons,”
The contract provision that allowed Griezmann to return to Atletico on loan at the start of the 2021–22 season has been the source of contention between Barca and Atletico.
Griezmann, 31, signed a two-year loan agreement with Atletico with an automatic purchase option of €40 million in the event that he played more than 45 minutes in 50% of the games for which he was available.
At one time, Barca threatened legal action against Atletico if they did not abide by the condition, which they said took effect after the first season of the loan.
In the 37 games he was available for in 2021—22, Griezmann played more than 45 minutes in 30 of them.
In an effort to lower the number of games in which Griezmann met the criteria, Atletico began to use Griezmann sparingly this season, bringing him on after the 60th minute in a string of matches.
One year after rejecting a move to Camp Nou at the conclusion of a documentary he had produced called The Decision, the France international joined Barca from Atletico in 2019 when the Catalan club met his €120 million release clause.