Barcelona is ‘preparing legal action’ against Atletico Madrid after a disagreement between the LaLiga clubs on the terms of forward Antoine Griezmann’s loan deal.
Griezmann joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Barcelona last year and has continued to play for them this season.
The France international is thought to have an excellent relationship with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone after scoring 133 goals in 257 matches in his first spell at Los Colchoneros.
According to Marca, Atletico Madrid can expect legal action over Griezmann’s deal, as Barcelona feel that the player has met the ‘£35 million’ buyout clause in his contract by playing over 50% of the minutes he was available last season.
Barcelona feel this means Grieamann is an Atletico Madrid player, and that they should be paid accordingly.
Atletico Madrid refute this, as they interpret the contract as being across two years.
Simeone has been using Griezmann, who has enjoyed an excellent start to the season so far, as a substitute brought on after the 60th minute with the clause in mind.
Griezmann has scored twice in four league appearances for Simeone’s side and netted a late winner against FC Porto in the Champions League in mid-week.