The Argentine is the coach chosen by one of the candidates to preside over the athleticzale club
There is less than a week left for the Athletic elections and Arechabaleta tightens the polls after convincing Bielsa. In addition to the fact that the Argentine coach is very much to the liking of athleticzales fans, the Argentine would come from the hand of three signings of bells to make a resounding qualitative leap in sports.
The bomb signing would be that of Antoine Griezmann, with whom Athletic, through Arechabaleta, would have already contacted. The Frenchman has closed a year with his worst scoring numbers and at Atlético they doubt what to do. That yes, he is still a footballer of the highest level and Bielsa wants him under his orders if he trains Athletic again.
Atlético willing to release Griezmann
After the end of the season, much was rumored about a possible return of Griezmann to FC Barcelona, a club with which he has a contract until 2024. However, Atlético de Madrid has a purchase option for the French footballer at the end of his loan next month of June. An option that amounts to 40 million, at a time when his value does not stop falling.
But not only is this purchase option a problem for Atlético de Madrid, but so is his enormous salary. That is why the club would not see with bad eyes getting rid of the player to lighten salary mass. And Athletic’s option is on the table, as it would be very well seen by both FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid.
Bielsa asks Arechabaleta for 2 more signings
With Griezmann, a 2-year loan is being considered, just the remainder of the contract. In these terms, FC Barcelona could make the operation cheaper as long as they take charge of the salary and that Atlético fulfills its part of the deal. The doubt is in sports, if the French player would agree to join Athletic.
But to convince the Frenchman, a very ambitious sports project is being formed. Arechabaleta already has Bielsa convinced and the Argentine coach wants two more signings in addition to Griezmann’s. We are talking about Jon Moncayola. Osasuna and Guillamón midfielder, who has stopped his renewal with Valencia CF.