Antoine Griezmann rejoins Atletico Madrid from Barcelona in shock move

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In a surprise move from Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann has returned to Atlético Madrid on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer for €40 million (£34.4 million).

In 2019, the France international moved from Atlético Madrid to Barcelona for €120 million, but he has fallen short of expectations. In 74 La Liga appearances for the Catalan club, he has scored 22 goals.

Barcelona signed Luuk de Jong from Sevilla instead of Joo Felix, who was linked with a swap. After joining Atlético from Real Sociedad five goals ago, Griezmann had a much higher goal return than at the Camp Nou, scoring 94 times in 180 league games.

On Tuesday night, Atlético Madrid was on the verge of loaning midfielder Salguez to Chelsea.

Barcelona completed the sale of right-back Emerson Royal to Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year deal for €25 million on a busy deadline day for Barcelona.

The 22-year-old has played for Real Betis for the previous two seasons and represented Brazil at the Copa América this summer.

Ilaix Moriba, a midfielder for Barcelona, was also sold to RB Leipzig for an initial fee of €16 million, with an additional fee of up to €6 million to be paid later. Moriba, an 18-year-old Barcelona academy product, broke into the first squad at the close of last season, but negotiations to extend his contract, which expires in June, stagnated.

Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba of Barcelona have agreed to wage cuts in order to register new acquisition Sergio Agüero within financial fair play rules.

Gerard Piqué, a defender, previously taken a same step, allowing Memphis Depay, Eric Garca, and Rey Manaj to join La Liga. Manaj is currently on loan at Spezia.

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“Sergio and Jordi Alba have agreed to adjustments in the financial parameters of their contracts, including a wage cut for this season and payment deferral for the future years,” Barcelona stated.