Transfer Rumours: Atletico Madrid and AC Milan

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EMPOLI, ITALY - MAY 22: Ismael Bennacer of Empoli FC during training session on May 22, 2019 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Last Word on Football’s Football Transfer News looks at the latest transfer rumours from around world football. In today’s edition, yet another twist in the Antoine Griezmann saga, and AC Milan‘s rumoured transfer targets.

European Transfer Rumours

Griezmann Saga Twists Again

Despite Barcelona’s announcement, Atletico Madrid has released another wild statement and brought a new twist to the Antoine Griezmann saga.  This morning Barcelona officially paid the €120 million release clause in Antoine Griezmann’s contract.  On July 1st the clause dropped to €120 million.

However, because this transfer has been no secret to anyone, Atletico is trying to apply the €200 million clause.  They wrote in a statement;

“Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and the Football Club Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros. euros It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on May 14 announcing his disengagement from the club.”

Whether or not this statement will mean anything remains to be seen.  Atletico would have to take this issue into the Spanish court system.  That would delay the process for some time.  And since Barcelona already paid the clause, Griezmann will continue as a Barcelona player until further notice.

AC Milan Transfer Rumours

There are multiple deals on the table for AC Milan that could be closed by this weekend.  The first is Ismael Bennacer, a 21-year-old former Arsenal midfielder who made 37 Serie A appearances for Empoli last season. Paolo Maldini is expected to complete a €16 million deal with Empoli later this evening, according to Calciomercato.

But that’s not all.  Milan has been in talks for a few weeks with Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Vertout.  The latest information from Calciomercato is that Milan has yet to reach Fiorentina’s valuation for the French midfielder.  Fiorentina is expected to listen to other offers from Roma and France in the meantime.

Finally, there is growing optimism that Milan will be able to get a deal done for Lazio winger Joaquin Correa.  The ex-Sevilla man spent just one season at Lazio.  But a bid including young Italian striker Patrick Cutrone could intice Lazio to sell the Argentine.  Goal in Italy understands it would take roughly €30 million-plus Cutrone to complete a deal.

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