Atletico Madrid is known throughout the football world for their dark arts on the field, but the La Liga club is also as cunning off the field.
Atletico Madrid is doing everything possible to avoid paying Barcelona $57 million for Antoine Griezmann by giving him less than 30 minutes of playing time.
Griezmann returned to the club on a one-year loan for the 2021/22 season, but Atleti had the option of keeping the French star on loan for another season.
However, several clauses were included in the agreement.
One of them was that Atletico Madrid would have to sign Griezmann on a permanent basis for $57 million if he played 30 minutes or more in at least 80% of the matches in which he is available to play.
So, what has Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone done to defraud Barcelona of much-needed funds?
He names Griezmann as a substitute and only uses him after the 62nd minute.
The 31-year-old played 28 minutes in Atleti’s first two La Liga games, but saw slightly less action against Valencia, playing 26 minutes.
Griezmann has found the back of the net despite playing limited minutes, scoring against Getafe in the first game of the season as well as Valencia.
Atleti’s cheeky method of avoiding paying Barcelona is not music to the ears of the Camp Nou powerbrokers, who have had to get extremely creative in order to navigate their way through a sea of debt!
Former Real Madrid defender joins Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid announced on their official website that the club and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for Sergio Reguilon to spend the season on loan at Wanda Metropolitano.
Reguilon had come up through Real Madrid’s youth system and was highly regarded. Despite making numerous appearances, he was never able to establish himself in the senior team.
After a successful loan spell at Sevilla, Real Madrid fans expected him to be given a chance in the first team, but Reguilon ended up joining Tottenham Hotspur.
There, he had a strong start and appeared to be enjoying Premier League football.
But under the management of Antonio Conte, he was no longer a starter for Tottenham Hotspur and as a result, a loan move away makes sense for the Spanish international.
He could prove to be a solid signing for Atletico Madrid, who were in need of a left-back following the departure of Renan Lodi to Nottingham Forest.
In fact, Real Madrid could have done with a left-back themselves with no real cover for Ferland Mendy.