Javier Tebas, La Liga boss, has addressed the thorny issue of Antoine Griezmann, at the center of an economic showdown between Barça and Atlético de Madrid. According to the leader, everything will be settled before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
It is a legal soap opera which is likely to stretch in time. And which, according to Javier Tebas, will inevitably end up before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This Friday, the La Liga boss assured that the thorny Antoine Griezmann file would be decided by the Lausanne-based body.
« We are not involved, this is not the first time that there has been such a conflict between clubs, Tebas first confided. The parties are going to court and the Court of Arbitration for Sport will solve the problem. »
The French striker is currently at the center of an economic showdown between Barça, with whom he is supposed to be under contract until 2024, and Atlético de Madrid, where he is on loan. Since the start of the season, the Frenchman has had to settle for coming into play during the last half hour.
Barça ready to attack Atlético
According to several media outlets, if the former Real Sociedad player plays more than half of Colchoneros’ matches (with at least 45 minutes of playing time) during his two years on loan, the option to buy will automatically be lifted and Atlético will have to pay 40 million to Barça, which the Spanish club, which is looking to save money and considers itself unassailable on the filewill not.
But the latest revelations from Mundo Deportivo, a media close to Barça, throw confusion on this file. According to the Catalan newspaper, this clause of 50% of the matches played only corresponded to the first season on loan. Griezmann’s loan terms were as follows: a one-year loan plus an automatic extension for a second season if the striker played more than 50% of games – which he did, with more than 80% of fixtures contested in 2021-2022.
Concretely, Barça considers that Griezmann’s playing time during this second season for which he was automatically loaned has no impact on the purchase option. Regardless of his playing time this season, Griezmann is, according to Barcelona, already an Atlético player. As a result, Barca’s legal services would prepare a lawsuit to impose the payment of 40 million euros, in the face of Atlético’s refusal. The soap opera is far from over.