French international striker Antoine Griezmann will return, on Wednesday, to Atletico Madrid, on loan from his local opponent, Barcelona, two years after leaving the capital club, crowned last season with the local league title, according to the sports newspaper, "L'Equipe".
And the newspaper wrote a few hours before the summer transfer window closed at midnight on Tuesday, "Atletico Madrid succeeded in regaining Antoine Griezmann on the last day of the transfer market."
No official statement was issued by either of the two teams to confirm this loan, which included the option of contracting with the thirty-year-old permanently after the end of the loan period, according to L'Equipe.
Griezmann's return to Argentine coach Diego Simeone's team, two years after his departure to Barcelona with a five-year contract for 120 million euros, constitutes another strong shock in the summer transfer market, which witnessed Barcelona's loss of its Argentine star Lionel Messi in favor of Paris Saint-Germain, and the return of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, a year before the expiration of his contract with Italian Juventus.
And Griezmann's departure from Barcelona will relieve the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman's team from the burden of the large annual salary that the French striker receives, especially since the Catalan club suffers from a major financial crisis inherited from its former president Josep Maria Bartomeu and exacerbated by the repercussions of the Coronavirus.
Griezmann played 257 matches in the Atletico shirt in all competitions and scored 133 goals, including 94 out of 180 matches he played in the Spanish League.