According to Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona and Atletico are hammering out the final details of the loan agreement, which includes an obligation to buy for €40 million. That's less than half of what Barcelona paid for the forward in 2019.
The 30-year-old Frenchman has cost Barcelona €120 million and €800,000 a week in wages, a deal which many Barca fans consider a failure.
Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are working to replace Griezmann with Luuk de Jong from Sevilla. Barca will finish the rest of the season featuring Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong, and Martin Braithwaite, a far cry from an attack that previously included Messi and Griezmann. But it comes with a silver lining.
“If they let Griezmann go to Atlético and replace him with a ‘low cost' signing like Luuk de Jong, the only thing that comes to my mind is that Barça will go all out for Haaland next summer. I can't find another explanation,” said journalist Albert Rogé.
Barcelona are working on signing other players in addition to de Jong before the deadline day expires.