Arsenal give fresh hope of £35m deal as Barcelona turn down deal, but there’s a problem
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona deny having reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid over the signing of Arsenal target Antoine Griezmann.
What is the story?
Well, it’s been said that Mikel Arteta wants to sign the France international before the September 1 deadline and is keeping tabs on the striker ahead of the January transfer window.
However, Arsenal’s hopes of signing Griezmann were dashed after Spanish media claimed Barcelona had agreed to sell their £107m man to Atlético Madrid for just £22m.
It was said that Atlético Madrid were happy to pay this amount.
Diego Simeone is currently only using the Frenchman from the 60th minute to avoid triggering a €40m (£35m) buyout clause to buy the striker permanently, in accordance under the terms of the two-year loan deal with Barcelona.
Now, however, Barcelona are denying the clause has been lowered to £22m, giving Arsenal fresh hope as it means the situation is still wide open for the Gunners.
Arsenal have a new problem in the pursuit of Antoine Griezmann
It will be a very complicated decision for Arsenal, as there are some legal issues between Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.
Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona believe Atlético Madrid have already triggered the clause and expect their La Liga rivals to shell out £35million for the 30-year-old.
Of course, if Barcelona find out they are wrong, causing relations with Atlético Madrid to break down and Griezmann returning to Camp Nou, that would put Arsenal in good stead with a package set at £35m.
We’re not saying it would be good value for a player in his 30s, but if Barcelona and Atlético Madrid can’t reach a solution and the striker ends up in Catalonia, Arsenal have a good chance of sign it.
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