Atletico Madrid begin contract talks in last ditch attempt to keep GriezmannMarch 28, 2018
With speculation continuing to circle around the future of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, the club are launching new talks in an attempt to convince him to remain at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Barcelona have been strongly linked with the 27-year-old, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also keeping an eye on the situation.
Mundo Deportivo believe that Los Colchoneros are hoping to at the very least maintain his 200 million euro release clause, which is set to be reduced to just 100 million euros in the summer and provide real temptation for European giants with money to spend.
Atleti want to try to push Griezmann to agree a new long-term deal which would raise that release clause to a more substantial 300 million euros.
Currently earning 14 million euros a year, the Frenchman would be looking to increase that if he were to extend his current contract, which is set to run until 2022.
Part of the reason for doing so is that Atletico want to ensure that they receive enough money to spend their summer transfer spending.
20% of any transfer free for Griezmann would go to his previous club, Real Sociedad, meaning that if a club were to activate his 100 million euro release clause, Atletico would only receive 80 million euros, barely enough to find a replacement of sufficient quality, let alone strengthen other areas of the squad.