Mercato Mercato – Griezmann as a bargaining chip for Morata: three-band file between Atlético, Barça and Juve

It’s a stroke of genius that Ronnie O’Sullivan would not have denied. According to information from Cadena COPE, Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona are considering a joint operation to get out of their financial problems during the next summer transfer window.

The deal is simple: Barça wants to recruit Alvaro Morata to strengthen its attacking sector and satisfy its coach. Unhappy with the failure of the Erling Haaland case, who will join Manchester City – although Barça has never been a serious client because of its economic problems – Xavi wants at all costs to recover the Spanish international. The striker’s name had already been circulating this winter before the more accessible Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the No.1 option. Except that Xavi has not forgotten Morata, whom he wants to integrate into his eleven as number 9.

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Loaned for two seasons by Atlético to Juventus (which activated a clause in June 2021) with a preferential purchase option set at 35 million euros, Morata still has one year of contract with Atlético, which don’t want to keep it. If Juve don’t exercise their option to buy this summer, which should be the case after the expensive purchase of Dusan Vlahovic in January, the two Spanish clubs have a ready-made plan to achieve their ends according to Spanish radio. , very knowledgeable.

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A substantial pay cut for Griezmann

Photo in support, the COPE was able to know that Mateu Alemany, sporting director of the first team of Barça, in charge of transfers, and Gil Marin, the general manager of Atlético, had dinner together last Thursday in Madrid for discuss this case. From this discussion, an agreement would have been reached: Barça would waive the mandatory purchase option of 40 million euros accompanying Griezmann’s loan to Atléti. For its part, the Madrid club would drop Morata in Catalonia.

COPE does not mention it, but amicable breaches of contract, on both sides, should logically be part of this plan. Considering loans does not seem to agree given that Griezmann is with Barça until June 30, 2024, Morata only has one season of lease at Atléti. An outright swap would not be possible as FIFA prohibits it.

To sign at Atlético permanently, Griezmann will have to lower his salary considerably, something already done to return on loan this season. Also according to the Spanish media, the French leader would be willing to do this to stay in Madrid.

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