ATLÉTICO MADRID | GRIEZMANN
Atlético to ward off interest in Griezmann with €100m clause
With many of Europe's richest clubs keen on the France international, Atlético are to increase the player's salary and release clause.
Atlético Madrid are moving to forestall any potential suitors for Antoine Griezmann next summer. The France forward is enjoying another fine season at the Calderón with 10 league goals and four in Europe and at the age of 24 is a player attracting the interest of Europe's biggest clubs. But Atlético are understandably keen to retain Griezmann and the board are preparing the ground to deter any admirers and to persuade the forward to see out the rest of his contract, which runs until 2020.
Griezmann's current deal includes a minimum release clause of 80 million euros, which the club intends to increase to 100 million while also improving the player's salary. Griezmann has told the club that he is happy in Madrid and at Atlético and he is not seeking a change of scenery. The forward has also given a gentleman's agreement not to consider offers from any other club, Real Madrid included, for two years.
Several clubs have expressed their admiration for the France international, among them PSG and Bayern Munich, who see Griezmann as the perfect long-term replacement for his compatriot Franck Ribéry. Chelsea are also reportedly keen on the striker as a summer target.
In Spain, Real Madrid have cast longing glances across town. Florentino Pérez has stated his interest in the player previously and with Zinedine Zidane now at the helm of the club the attraction for Les Bleus players is greater than ever. Pérez has even hinted before that Real could make a move for Griezmann sooner rather than later. However, a kind of unwritten pact exists between the clubs that prevents either making a move for the other's players.