Griezmann willing to take paycut to join Barcelona


Atlético striker Antoine Griezmann is one of two main targets for Barcelona this summer, along with Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.

Antoine Griezmann is willing to take a cut in his salary in order to join Barcelona, according to French daily Le Parisien.

Griezmann was a prime target of the Catalan club last summer but the French international opted to stay at Atlético Madrid, where he has played for five seasons. In order to keep him at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético raised his annual salary to 23 million euros as part of a new deal, which also saw his buyout clause rise to 200 million euros.


But as agreed with the club last summer, that clause will fall to 120 million euros in July, which Barcelona would pay to bring him to the Camp Nou on a four- to five-season contract, reports Le Parisien.

Last month, Spanish TV program Jugones reported that Griezmann’s camp had approached Barcelona to tell them of his interest in playing at Camp Nou next season.

And if the Le Parisien reports are true, the French striker is even willing to leave himself out of pocket to make that move happen.