ATLÉTICO | GRIEZMANN
Atlético Madrid reach deal to sign 30-million-euro Griezmann
The Rojiblancos have come to an agreement with Real Sociedad to pay the price of his buy-out clause. La Real chief Aperribay has informed the player.
Antoine Griezmann is to move to Atlético Madrid after the Spanish champions reached a deal over his transfer with Real Sociedad on Saturday.
The Rojiblancos will meet the 30-million-euro figure set as Griezmann’s buy-out clause, but will be exempted from CPI or VAT as part of the deal.
Last summer, the Basque club’s unwillingness to sell Asier Illarramendi meant Real Madrid were held to these extra costs, causing the midfielder’s move to the Santiago Bernabéu to rise to 38.9 million euros.
Talks were conducted by Jokin Aperribay himself, the Real Sociedad president informing the player that the txuri-urdin had decided to accept Atlético’s offer.
The transfer will be completed once the Colchoneros conclude talks over personal terms with the 23-year-old France international.
Atleti made a move for the player in 2011 and were close to taking him to the Spanish capital. Griezmann at that time admitted he was keen to play in red and white, though he eventually backed down and stayed in San Sebastian.
Griezmann will be Real Sociedad’s second major summer sale, following goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s 12-million-euro transfer to Barcelona in June.