Barcelona confirmed four deals on the transfer deadline, including three outings and a player joining the club. Anton Griezmann was the biggest name to leave the club on the day of the deadline, the Frenchman rejoined the former club Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan.
The Catalan giants also bid farewell to Emerson Royal, who joined Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent contract this summer, while the middlefielder Alex Moriba also told the story after agreeing to the Red Bull Leap Zug in Germany. Came to an end Lok De Jong was the only borrower from Sevilla.
Barcelona’s main focus this summer has been on reducing their extra pay bill, which has prevented them from retaining Paris Saint-Germain club telco Lionel Messi. The La Liga organization had made several first-team stars available for transfer, but they were unable to remove them before Tuesday’s deadline.
Griezmann was not expected to make the transfer deadline, but the late progress of Atletico and Barcelona’s reduction in their wage bills reunited the 2018 World Cup winner with Diego Simeone. The 30-year-old has gone on a long loan, which could be extended for another year.
“FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement on a one-season loan to Antonin Griezmann with the option of another season. The Madrid club will pay the player’s salary and there is a permanent transfer clause.” A statement from the Catalan club was read out.
Griezmann joined Barcelona from Atletico in 2019 when he activated the French کی 107 million clause. He failed to replicate the form shown at Wanda Metropolitano at Camp Nine, scoring just 35 goals in 102 games with just one trophy – the Copa del Rey.
France International was linked with a move to Atletico earlier this summer, which included Saul Nguyen, but the move was scrapped in the final stages. Barcelona will certainly be happy to get Griezmann’s salary from the books, as he was the highest earner at the club after Messi’s departure.
Barcelona also bid farewell to the right-back Royal, which was unveiled by President Juan Laporta just 29 days ago. The president was hoping for a longer stay in Brazil before accepting an offer of 25 25.7 million from the North London club.
And finally, the story of the Catalan club’s ongoing contract with Moriba came to an end after the Leipzig midfielder agreed to pay 15 million euros (.8 12.8 million). Spain Youth International, highly ranked at Camp Nou, has agreed a five-year deal with the German Bundesliga club.
Amidst all the expenses, Ronald Koeman eventually got a striker to join the club when he agreed a loan deal with Sevilla for Dutch forward De Jong. The forward will spend the 2021-22 season. At Camp Nine, the club has the option to renew their contract next summer.
The 31-year-old was certainly not the manager’s first choice, but the two have known each other since their time with the Dutch national team. De Jong was part of the Netherlands squad that won the UEFA Nations League under Kuman.