Griezmann returns to Atletico on loan from Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann has completed his shock Deadline Day return to Atletico Madrid on loan from Barcelona.

Atletico and Barcelona said there was an option to extend the loan for a further season, with the Catalan club adding the Madrid side also had an obligation to make the deal permanent. Sky in Italy reports this permanent deal would cost £34.4m (€40m).

Atletico were able to move for the 30-year-old after sanctioning Saul Niguez’s departure to Chelsea on an initial loan with an option to buy worth £33.4m (€38.9m) overall.

Diego Simeone was keen to sign a new striker and Griezmann will have no difficulty settling back at Atletico, having worked under the Argentine between 2014 and 2019.

Barcelona stated that Atletico have agreed to pay Griezmann’s wages in full.

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Saul Niguez joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day

The 2018 World Cup-winner joined Barcelona from Atletico on a £103m deal two years ago and scored 35 goals in 102 appearances for the club.

However, he has only won the Copa del Rey during his time at the Nou Camp, and the Catalan giants have been trying to lighten their wage bill this summer due to debts amounting to £1.15billion, as confirmed by club president Joan Laporta earlier in August.

The club’s reported financial struggles meant they were unable to offer Lionel Messi a new contract, prompting his shock exit to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

On Tuesday, the club announced stalwarts Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have accepted to take a pay cut in order to aid the club’s Financial Fair Play parameters and ensure new signing Sergio Aguero could be formally registered with the Spanish Football League (LFP).

Earlier in the summer, Gerard Pique took a similar decision to allow Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be ratified as Barcelona players.

Griezmann originally left Atletico for Barcelona in 2019 at the end of a protracted transfer saga after his £103m (€120m) release clause was paid in full.

A year earlier, he featured in a documentary with Spanish TV station Movistar called “The Decision” which followed him as he opted to stay at Atletico despite interest from Barcelona.

Griezmann set for Atletico return as Barca deal agreed

Antoine Griezmann is set for a shock Deadline Day return to Atletico Madrid after they agreed a deal with Barcelona to re-sign the France forward.

According to Sky in Italy, the two La Liga rivals reached an agreement on Tuesday night for the 2018 World Cup winner to move back to the Wanda Metropolitano on a season-long loan with an obligation to buy for £34.4m (€40m) next year.

Atleti were able to move for the 30-year-old after sanctioning Saul Niguez’s potential departure to Chelsea on an initial loan with option to buy worth £33.5m (€39m) overall.

Diego Simeone is keen on a new striker and the Frenchman would have no difficulty in settling in since he has already worked under the Argentine between 2014 and 2019.

Both clubs only have a few hours left to complete their business as the Spain window closes at 11pm UK time.

Barcelona are already looking for a potential replacement if the move were to happen, with Sevilla’s Luuk de Jong on their radar.

Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona 2020-21
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Griezmann scored 22 goals in 74 appearances for Barcelona so far

The Catalan giants have been trying to lighten their wage bill this summer due to debts amounting to £1.15billion, as confirmed by club president Joan Laporta earlier in August.

The club’s reported financial struggles meant they were unable to offer Lionel Messi a new contract, prompting his shock exit to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

On Tuesday, the club announced stalwarts Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have accepted to take a pay cut in order to aid the club’s Financial Fair Play parameters and ensure new signing Sergio Aguero could be formally registered with the Spanish Football League (LFP).

Argentinian forward Sergio 'Kun' Aguero poses for the media during his official presentation after signing for FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, Monday May. 31, 2021
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Sergio Aguero was officially registered as a new Barcelona player on Tuesday after Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba agreed to take a pay cut

Earlier in the summer, Gerard Pique took a similar decision to allow Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be ratified as Barcelona players.

Griezmann originally left Atletico for Barcelona in 2019 at the end of a protracted transfer saga after his £103m (€120m) release clause was paid in full.

A year earlier, he featured in a documentary with Spanish TV station Movistar called “The Decision” which followed him as he opted to stay at Atletico despite interest from Barcelona.

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Time is running out for clubs to do business – the summer transfer window closes at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Tuesday August 31 and you can follow all the Deadline Day drama with Sky Sports.

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Spurs sign Emerson from Barcelona

Tottenham have completed the signing of right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona.

Emerson has signed a contract until 2026 and will wear the No 12 shirt at Spurs.

A Spurs statement read: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona, subject to international clearance and a work permit.

“The right-back has signed a contract with us until 2026 and will wear the number 12 shirt. Emerson will travel to London from Spain later this week.”

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Paul Gilmour reports from Tottenham as the early Premier League pacesetters wrap up the signing of Brazilian right-back Emerson Royal from Barcelona

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that a bid worth £25.73m (€30m) was made for the right-back, which was later accepted by the Spanish club, with personal terms also agreed.

Arsenal were keen on signing Emerson, but the 22-year-old preferred a move to Spurs.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo was hoping to bolster his defensive options, having played Japhet Tanganga at right-back in the opening Premier League games, with Serge Aurier now out of favour at the club.

Brazilian Emerson joined Barcelona in 2019 from Atletico Mineiro. He then moved to Real Betis, but returned to the Nou Camp this summer when Barcelona exercised a buy-back clause.

Follow Deadline Day with Sky Sports

Time is running out for clubs to do business – the summer transfer window closes at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Tuesday August 31 and you can follow all the Deadline Day drama with Sky Sports.

Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on the Sky Sports website and app, check out the latest Done Deals and watch the best analysis and reaction on Sky Sports News.

Euro round-up: Messi makes PSG debut in Reims win

Lionel Messi made his much-anticipated Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday as Kylian Mbappe scored twice to give the capital club a 2-0 victory at Stade de Reims.

The Argentina forward, who joined PSG from Barcelona on a two-year contract earlier this month, came on as a 66th-minute substitute for Brazil striker Neymar for his first outing since winning the Copa America on July 10.

Mbappe, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, headed the opener after 15 minutes before doubling his tally for his third goal this season on the counter after 63 minutes.

Just after going 2-0 up it was the time all the PSG fans had been waiting for when their new signing Messi was brought on to replace his former team-mate Neymar.

Messi was applauded onto the field by the travelling supporters, who had been clapping his warm-ups since the start of the second half. His first touch was also greeted with cheers from the Parisian fans.

Lionel Messi in action during his PSG debut
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Messi replaces Neymar in the 66th minute

PSG maintained their perfect record this season to stay top of the standings with a maximum 12 points.

Meanwhile, Lille finally got their title defence back on track with a 2-1 home win over Montpellier and surprise package Angers provisionally went top of the table after beating visiting Stade Rennais 2-0 on Sunday.

Lille celebrated their first league win of the season thanks to goals from Yusuf Yazici and Jonathan David, with Montpellier ending the match with 10 men after their defender Junior Sambia was sent off in the second half.

La Liga: Depay on target in narrow Barca win

Memphis Depay was on target for Barcelona
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Memphis Depay was on target for Barcelona

Barcelona‘s Memphis Depay scored for the second game in a row to give his side a 2-1 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Sunday in another unconvincing overall performance from the Catalans.

Sergi Roberto put Barca ahead in the second minute, sliding in to meet a Jordi Alba cross after a flowing team move.

Sandro Ramirez pulled Getafe level in the 19th minute after Sergio Busquets lost the ball in his own half and the visitors broke with purpose, the striker firing a low shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen following a neat interchange with Carles Alena.

Barca looked rattled for a moment but restored their lead on the half-hour when Frenkie de Jong fed compatriot Depay and the Dutch forward flummoxed visiting goalkeeper David Soria with an early strike which crept inside the near post.

It was the second time in eight days Depay had got his new club out of trouble after scoring a superb half-volley in the 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Barca are fourth in the table but level on seven points with provisional leaders Real Madrid after their opening three games.

Elsewhere, La Liga champions Atletico Madrid snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Villarreal after an astonishing own goal in the final seconds from Aissa Mandi.

Villarreal were on the verge of an unlikely victory and into the fourth minute of stoppage time when Atletico’s Saul Niguez sent a hopeful ball upfield and Algerian defender Mandi rose to head it back towards goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli but ended up glancing into his own net.

Atletico had dominated the first half but went behind against the run of play early in the second period to a thumping strike from Manu Trigueros.

Luis Suarez scored his first goal of the season to pull the hosts level soon after but the Uruguayan later went off injured and was seen on the bench nursing his knee with a pack of ice.

Villarreal restored their lead in the 74th minute following a mix up between Atletico defenders Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez, new signing Arnaut Danjuma pouncing to lift the ball past goalkeeper Jan Oblak high into the net.

Atletico pressed for an equaliser and Rulli did well to push a shot from Koke over the bar. But he was left flummoxed by Mandi’s header and Atletico could hardly believe their luck.

Serie A: Giroud double fires AC Milan to win

Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal for AC Milan
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Olivier Giroud celebrates his opening goal for AC Milan

Striker Oliver Giroud’s first goals for AC Milan helped them to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Cagliari on Sunday as Stefano Pioli’s team continued their perfect start to the new Serie A season.

In a goal-laden first half, Sandro Tonali broke the deadlock after 12 minutes, curling a sublime free-kick into the net to give Milan the lead, before Alessandro Deiola headed the visitors level three minutes later.

Parity was restored for less than two minutes as Rafael Leao edged Milan back in front before Giroud scored his first goal for his new club after joining them from Chelsea in the close season.

The first-half scoring was not done there as Giroud converted from the penalty spot just before the interval to make it 4-1. Pioli’s side cruised to their second successive win, finishing the weekend as one of five teams on six points.

Napoli also have maximum points after their 2-1 win at Genoa on Sunday, with substitute Andrea Petagna striking six minutes from time to secure the win.

Tammy Abraham’s first goal for AS Roma helped his new side cruise to a 4-0 victory at promoted Salernitana on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s winning return to Serie A continued.

Roma skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini drilled the visitors in front three minutes into the second half from a tight angle, before Jordan Veretout, on the end of a sublime Henrikh Mkhitaryan pass, made it two four minutes later.

Abraham’s moment came in the 69th minute when he finished emphatically from the edge of the box.

Pellegrini added a late second to put the icing on the cake, as Roma made it two wins from two under Mourinho to sit third in the standings level on six points with leaders Lazio.

Bundesliga: Roussillon fires Wolfsburg top

Jerome Roussillon secured Wolfsburg a third straight win
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Jerome Roussillon secured Wolfsburg a third straight win

Wolfsburg defender Jerome Roussillon struck the only goal as they beat visitors RB Leipzig 1-0 to go top of the Bundesliga table ahead of the international break.

The Wolves have a perfect record of three wins from three games to put them on nine points, two ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Freiburg.

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Roussillon struck seven minutes into the second half when Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi failed to cut out a low cross, instead pushing it into the path of the French left-back who rifled the ball into the net.

The home side had a glorious chance to make it two minutes later when striker Wout Weghorst ran half the length of the pitch only to shoot over the bar with only Gulacsi to beat.

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Leipzig’s best chances came from set-pieces with midfielder Emil Forsberg swinging in a succession of dangerous corners, but they struggled to get efforts on target as Wolfsburg held on through six minutes of second-half added time to secure the win.

In Sunday’s early game, two first-half goals were enough to give Union Berlin a comfortable 2-1 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach, who got a late consolation. Union are eighth on five points, with Monchengladbach 15th on one point.

Spurs make bid for Barca right-back Emerson

Tottenham have made a bid worth £25.73m (€30m) for Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal.

If Barcelona opt to accept the bid, personal terms for the player are not expected to be a problem.

Arsenal were also keen on signing Emerson, but the 22-year-old prefers a move to Spurs.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is hoping to bolster his defensive options, having played Japhet Tanganga at right-back in the opening Premier League games with Serge Aurier now out of favour at the club.

Brazilian Emerson joined Barcelona in 2019 from Atletico Mineiro. He then moved to Real Betis, but returned to the Nou Camp this summer when Barcelona exercised a buy-back clause.

The 22-year-old was a regular under Manuel Pellegrini and helped Betis reach the Europa League last season.

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Follow Deadline Day with Sky Sports

Time is running out for clubs to do business – the summer transfer window closes at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Tuesday, August 31 and you can follow all the Deadline Day drama with Sky Sports.

Follow all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on the Sky Sports website and app, check out the latest Done Deals and watch the best analysis and reaction on Sky Sports News.