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Griezmann ready to take pay-cut as Barcelona move edges closer

Antoine Griezmann is willing to take a pay-cut in order to join Barcelona this summer from Atletico Madrid.

It is widely expected that Barca will make a big play for the French attacker this coming summer as they have already freed up the number seven shirt at the club following the exit of Arda Turan.

The Catalan club are keen to further improve their attacking options, having already signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January and Ousmane Dembele last summer from Borussia Dortmund.

Griezmann is now next on the agenda, and it is understood that the French international is willing to take a pay-cut in order to move to the Camp Nou.

Barca’s current wage bill is bogged down with the likes of Lionel Messi and co. and it is reported by El Confidencial that the former Real Sociedad man will accept lesser wages with goal and trophy bonuses in order to make the move complete.

Barca are also discussing a bid higher than his release clause, set at 100m euros, rather than an original fee of double that amount.

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Camp Nou officials see this a sign of respect to Atletico Madrid, who are keen to keep hold of their top performer this season.


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