Antoine Griezmann has been listed on the transfer market by Atlético Madrid in an effort to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico Madrid need to create space on their wage bill to accommodate Ronaldo’s salary and offered Griezmann last week to potential employers, including Paris Saint-Germain.
The thought of going back to Madrid has been well received by Ronaldo. Diego Simeone’s readiness to work with him has also pleased him, in addition to Atletico offering a platform for him to compete in the UCL and for the La Liga.
The Portuguese international’s transfer request includes a significant amount of personal justifications, and Erik ten Hag has so far been unable to convince him to change his mind.
According to reports, Atletico Madrid has put Antoine Griezmann on the market in an effort to sign Cristiano Ronaldo to a contract.
It was reported earlier this week that the 37-year-old Portuguese player could be on the verge of a startling comeback to La Liga. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was offered to cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid by his agent following an exceptionally successful eight-year stint at Real Madrid.
Although the rumored transfer has caused disagreement among both fan bases, it appears that things are now moving quickly toward its conclusion. If so, it may turn out to be one of the strangest transfers in recent memory.
As reported by the Spanish daily AS, Atletico Madrid is now looking at options to accommodate the signing of Ronaldo after previously ruling out such a move.
After selling Griezmann to Barcelona for £107 million in 2019, Diego Simeone’s side re-signed him on a loan deal last summer. The interim relocation is anticipated to become permanent in 2023, if certain conditions are met, due to an obligation to acquire for £34.4 million.
If Atleti is able to sell the French striker, the club will still be obligated to pay Barcelona the sum owed, which is what the club intends to do now that their focus is on signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to hold crunch discussions in the coming days. According to the Guardian, the club will seek clarification from the player on when he intends to begin training with Erik ten Hag’s side, since time is running out for the new manager to incorporate the attacker into his plans for the start of the new season.
With just two weeks until Brighton’s visit to Old Trafford on August 7th, the forward was given time off to attend to some family matters in Portugal. For this reason, he skipped the preseason tour and hasn’t trained with the rest of the team.