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Antoine Griezmann's little-known clause gives Liverpool chance to revisit transfer 14 years later

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Liverpool could reignite its interest in Antoine Griezmann this summer after a clause in his Atletico Madrid contract emerged. The France international rejoined Atleti in 2021, initially on a two-year loan, before signing permanently a year ago.

According to L'Equipe, Griezmann still has two years left on his deal in the Spanish capital but his contract contains a release clause. It is claimed that the 33-year-old could be available for just $17m (£13m/€15m).

Griezmann has showed no sign of slowing down this season and scored 24 goals across all competitions for Atletico. He will once again be involved for France at this summer's European Championships.

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His future could also again be the source of speculation this summer. Manchester United has been heavily linked with Griezmann in the past and Sky Sports claims there were discussions with his representatives a year ago.

But he was actually reportedly close to joining Liverpool before he reached superstar status with Atletico. According to the Daily Mail, ex-sporting director Damien Comolli tried to sign Griezmann for Saint-Etienne before he moved to Anfield.

And he revisited the situation when he took over at Liverpool, launching a $9m (£7m/€8m) for Griezmann when he was playing for Real Sociedad at 19 back in 2010. He is quoted as saying: "We have identified targets. If there's a possibility of us getting a world-class player, we will have the backing. John (Henry) and Tom (Werner) want to win - and you win with top players."

The deal never materialized and Griezmann stayed with Sociedad for four more years. He joined Atletico in 2014 and is now in his second spell with the club following a stint at Barcelona.

The France World Cup winner is the club's all-time leading scorer with 181 goals. Griezmann reached the landmark in the Spanish Super Cup match with Real Madrid back in January.

Liverpool.com says: Griezmann is an outstanding player but at 33 it appears the ship has sailed over a potential move to the Premier League, even at a cut-price fee. He would command huge wages and you would expect Liverpool to instead invest in younger talent. He will be eager to add more international glory with France this summer.