Last time we mentioned French International & Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann here we speculated that he could end up next season at Paris St Germain or Monaco.  I made the observation that Griezmann would be the perfect player Atletico de Madrid are looking for to fill the gap left open by David Villa.

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Today Spanish Sports daily "AS" published that Atletico de Madrid has focused on young Griezmann & is attempting the signing. Initially Real Sociedad directed Atletico to the contract release clause figure of 30M€, however it seems the Real Sociedad position may have soften & talks are under way with a figure of 25M€ now in place.

The French player wishes to stay in Spain to play his Football & the Atletico de Madrid option is ideal. Real Sociedad will obviously fight hard to keep their talented forward but at least there are negotiations & this is positive news for Atletico de Madrid.

Stay tuned!


Is 80,000,000 € too much for a Football Player? Depends, Cristiano Ronaldo cost 96M€ & now everyone is in accorde that he was relatively "cheap". But what about Colombian International JAMES RODRIGUEZ? Real Madrid has paid Monaco close to 80M€ to have the 23 year old Football player whos only jump to fame so far has been his 6 goals in the last World Cup in Brazil. Too much?


Check the latest economic study by the Consultancy Euromericas picked up by Spanish Sports daily "AS". According to their study the new Real Madrid player James Rodriguez has already sold 345,000 shirts with his Number 10. With each shirt costing approximately around 97€ the player has already generated 33,400,000€ in just 4 days & he has not even played a single match with his new Club. The boom has come from Colombia & from Asia with the Internet channel being the main driving financial motor. 

Real Madrid keeps around 60-70% of the Marketing generation revenues of James Rodriguez, that is, what he generates from his "image", be that Sporting wear, commercials or any other economic activity the uses James Rodriguez to promote their products or services.

Now, to answer the question, is 80M€ too much to pay for James Rodriguez? Think the reply is obvious, by the start of the Spanish Liga season at the end of August the player would have generated more than 50% of his cost & if James Rodriguez plays well & wins titles Real Madrid will actually profit way beyond the initial investment. 


The Spanish League - Liga - calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 season has been announced in the Spanish Football Federation’s HQ. Here are the most noticeable dates to keep in mind:

The opening games of Spanish Liga season 2014-2015 (Round 1)- 23, 24th & 25th of August 2014:

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Sevilla FC-Valencia CF
Malaga-Athletic Club Bilbao
Rayo Vallecano-Atletico de Madrid
Celta de Vigo-Getafe
FC Barcelona-Elche
Almeria-RCD Espanyol
Eibar-Real Sociedad
Granada-Deportivo A Coruña
Real Madrid-Cordoba

The "Classico" dates:
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona the weekend 26th October 2014,
FC Barcelona – Real Madrid the weekend 22nd March 2015 .

The Madrid "classico" dates:
Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid weekend 13th September 2014,

Atletico de Madrid - Real Madrid weekend 7th February 2015

Also other interesting Spanish Liga regional derby dates:

Athletic Club Bilbao - Real Sociedad (Round 15, weekend of 13th December 2014), Levante UD - Valencia CF (Round 12, weekend 22nd November 2014), Deportivo - RC Celta de Vigo (Round 5,weekend 23rd September 2014) & FC Barcelona - RCD Espanyol (Round 14, weekend 6th of December 2014). 



After weeks of speculations & "cross-fire" between Clubs, FC Barcelona announced that they have come to an agreement to sign Valencia CF defender Jeremy Mathieu. The negotiations went down to the wire as Barça finally succumbed to the Valencia CF demands of 20M€ as transfer fee. The payment will be 10M€ upfront in cash & the rest in instalments.

The French player was literally pulled off the plane that Valencia CF was boarding this morning to go to Peru for pre-season matches. Mathieu signs for the next four seasons with a possible option of a fifth.

FC BARCELONA signing 2014

With the incorporation of Mathieu, Barça finally manages to fills a strategic field position, a Central Defender. The position has been a sour spot for years at Barça never being able to find the right profile, along with being able to accompany Pique next season & fill the huge gap left by the retired Carles Puyol.

Jeremy Mathieu is on his way to Barcelona to shut all the details of his new contract & will be officially presented to Sports media in the coming hours or days.


Spanish Football Club Real Sociedad & French International player Antoine Griezmann is without doubt a superb player with just 23 years of age. The "youngster" is on the verge of exploding on the World Soccer scene & he may just need to make the jump to a more "resourceful" Club.

Real Sociedad

English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspurs is showing some serious interest. According to local press the Club is thinking about putting up the 30M€ contract release clause (buy-out) in order to do with the services of the Frenchman. 

Tottenham Hotspurs will need however the OK from the player & they are working with their French goalkeeper Lloris (French National Team-mate) to see if he can help convince the Real Sociedad player to say yes to the English Club.

Said this, I have the sensation that Griezmann knows well his potential & may be waiting for a "better" offer from bigger Clubs. It is no secret that Atletico de Madrid has been eyeing the player, while Real Madrid has been also following Griezmann & could be thinking about him to replace Morata who has gone to Juventus FC. Added to all this is the interest from other major European Clubs in Italy, France & England.

Stay tuned!

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