Atletico to pin down Griezmann and raise buy-out clause

Date published: Friday 20th May 2016 2:49

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Antoine Griezmann is reportedly on the brink of signing a new contract with Atletico Madrid in a deal that will see the Frenchman’s buy-out clause raised to 100million euros.

The French forward has scored 22 goals this season – the most of any non Real Madrid or Barcelona player – and has been a crucial component of their side which has won through to their second Champions League final in three years.

Griezmann is reportedly one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets this summer, but the player has regularly expressed his happiness with life at the Vicente Calderon and will shun overtures from United, as well as Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and even Real Madrid.

But, like in-demand teammate Saúl Ñiguez, Griezmann has decided to remain with Diego Simeone’s Atletico project as they look to shatter their rivals’ duopoly in Spain.

While the Vicente Calderón club fell into third place on the penultimate weekend of the league season, they are looking forward to a second Champions League final in three years and are set to move into a new stadium in 2017 that will increase revenue.

With Griezmann’s new deal expected to be announced before Euro 2016, the forward’s release clause is expected to rise to €100million or £77million. The player’s current buy-out clause is currently set at £63million – and it is hoped the new deal will dissuade his Premier League suitors to look elsewhere.

On Thursday, Atleti announced that Tottenham and Man United target Saúl had signed a new deal until 2021 with a clause believed to be around €80million.

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