SHOCK As Griezmann Returns To Atletico Madrid (FULL STORY)
Antoine Griezmann has made a shock return to Atletico Madrid after the Rojiblancos completed a season-long loan move for the Barcelona forward with a mandatory €40 million (£34m/$47m) option to buy.
The France international has sealed a surprise homecoming to the Wanda Metropolitano two years on from an acrimonious exit in one of the final twists to a dramatic summer transfer window.
The World Cup winner now heads back to the capital where he forged his reputation as one of the game’s strongest talents.
In a club release confirming Griezmann’s departure, Barca confirmed that Atletico would be obligated to sign the attacker permanently.
“FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement for the loan of Antoine Griezmann for a season with the option of a further season,” the statement said.
“The Madrid club will pay the player’s wages and there is a compulsory permanent transfer clause.
“FC Barcelona would like to thank Antoine Griezmann for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”