It has been reported in Spain that Antoine Griezmann could be an Arsenal player before the end of the season.
Griezmann is currently in the middle of a two-year loan deal with Atletico Madrid from Barcelona, after the club first left the capital for Camp Nou for 120 million euros in July 2019.
While he suffered two tough seasons at Barcelona as Lionel Messi held his favourite, Griezmann could have expected a return to his best at the club where he scored 133 goals in 257 appearances in his first spell there, winning the Europa League. in 2018.
Griezmann played 29 minutes in the first two matches of Atlético de Madrid.
His loan deal from Barcelona becomes permanent as he plays at 30 😂https://t.co/ZXeVy5MWyv
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But Griezmann’s experience at the Metropolitano this season has been strange: Three matches played, but none of them happened for more than 30 minutes at a time – and we’re talking about this injury-free World Cup winner.
But with Atletico wanting to balance their books, they have no intention of meeting the mandatory requirement to make Griezmann’s €40m loan deal permanent – something that is triggered if he plays more than 30 minutes in more than 50 per cent of La Liga matches this year. season.
Way out with Arsenal?
And according to Diario Sport, Arsenal may come to the rescue of Griezmann.
“Arsenal is one of the teams most interested in signing him,” they wrote. “The English team, aware of the difficult situation of the French player, is ready to sign him in December, also driven by his impressive start to the Premier League with four wins so far.”
While Arsenal may not want to disrupt the winning formula with Gabriel Jesus shining since his £45m/€52m summer arrival from Manchester City, Griezmann’s England agent Terry Gibson will push Arsenal to move now with only three months left on the World Cup. .
Griezmann is still likely to make the plane for Didier Deschamps’ side looking to defend their title in Qatar, but the next few months of playing under 30 minutes a game is not an ideal preparation.