Operation Griezmann-Saúl-De Jong goes ahead!

At the last minute the whole case seemed to be blown up, but the papers got in on time. Chelsea has already announced the loan of the Atlético youth squad.


At the last minute, when the clock reached 00:00, the LaLiga page did not produce those two registrations that depended on a withdrawal and that were confirmed in the middle of the afternoon. That is to say, that Griezmann came to Atleti and that De Jong to Barça because Saúl was going to Chelsea. Everything was linked by a thread. At 00:00. It seemed to blow everything up ... but no. The papers arrived on time, as LaLiga confirmed later. The first to be announced was the Atleti squad by the European champion. After one in the morning, LaLiga included him in the list of 'latest signings' and Atleti announced it as well. All in order.

Thus, Saúl and Griezmann have fulfilled their personal objective. The Elche wanted a change of scene and will try a year in the Premier. The footballer leaves on loan for about five million and the London club saves a purchase option for about 40 million. The next domino effect tile is Griezmann, who returns to the Wanda Metropolitano, where he left in 2019 with some ways in which he will have to work the affection of his old and at the same time new hobby. It is also a one-season loan with the option of a second, provided that the two clubs and the player agree. The Atleti takes charge of the card and will then have a purchase obligation, according to the Barça report. The next to be announced will be De Jong, also on loan from Sevilla. The last step of the three-way operation was to receive the approval of the economic control.

It seemed that at the last minute, for economic reasons, the rojiblanco youth squad broke in the English club. And that meant that Griezmann could not fulfill his dream of going to the rojiblanco club with Simeone and De Jong either to Barcelona from Sánchez-Pizjuán. However, the news happened after midnight, when the entire public felt that the blind was closed. The clubs did not throw in the towel and the managers stayed in their respective offices waiting for the OK from LaLiga.

A triple operation that has been so surprising that there is hardly time to do it. The conversations between Barça and Atlético began yesterday (those on this issue, because in reality they have been going on for more than a month). Alemany, in his search for a forward for Koeman, asked Atlético for the loan of João Félix, and even put on the table the option of changing him for Griezmann. Gil Marín answered no, but let him know again that he was interested in the French.

And a new operation began, the return of Griezmann to Atleti that also included another name: Saúl. That it was also suggested that he go to Barça, as in July, but in the end, as the hours progressed, everything remained in a sequence of three conditioned and indissoluble operations. As it almost happens after 23:00, if one fell, the others did.

Meanwhile, the Barça club probed the forward market. In addition to João, Cavani, Bakambu and, at six o'clock in the afternoon, as As reported, Barça called Sevilla to ask about Luuk de Jong, a 30-year-old who does not count for his team and who rejected PSV to get to the Koeman's orders and coincide with Memphis and the other De Jong. The last piece of a chaotic operation, which was the bombshell of the day because of how it was done, how it seemed to break and how it finally paid off after midnight. Just in case, LaLiga explained that everything had arrived on time.

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