Atletico Desperate to Cash-In on Striker’s Departure

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Antoine Griezmann wants his future resolved by the time the World Cup begins, but Atletico Madrid may scupper his hopes of an early release, according to a Daily Mail report.

The Rojiblancos are demanding the striker agree to an increase in his release clause to £175m so they can cash in on the inflated transfer market. Currently, the France international can leave the Wanda Metropolitano for just £87.5m.

Despite his contract running to 2022, Griezmann is set to join Barcelona this summer with talks between his representatives and the Blaugrana already taking place.

It’s understood a deal is already in place with the player and that all which remains is for the two clubs to agree on the fee.

However, Atletico must pay 20% of the fee to Real Sociedad meaning they may get just £70m unless Griezmann agrees to the change in the contract.

The striker has little motivation to do so; any increase may cause Barcelona to have second thoughts about the deal and scupper his dream move.

Having remained in Madrid last summer despite intense interest in his services, Griezmann’s loyalty to Diego Simeone and the club will be sorely tested by this request.

With Atletico suffering a transfer ban, the striker knew the club could not replace him. Now that ban is served, he may feel he has done his part to keep them in upper echelons of La Liga already.