FC Barcelona is said to be trying to expedite a reduced-price deal of £22m for Antoine Griezmann to join Atletico Madrid on a permanent basis.
The Frenchman, 31, made headlines for the term because of a strange clause inserted into his loan agreement.
He only came off the bench after an hour on Diego Simeone’s squad.
This is due to Atletico’s commitment to pay Barcelona £35m if he plays 50 per cent of their playing time during the loan period.
Striker Griezmann is increasingly frustrated with his appearance as a substitute, which has sparked interest from Manchester United.
Eric ten Hag is believed to be planning a January pounce on the World Cup winner if his current situation at Atletico remains unresolved.
However, now a new report from Mundo Deportivo He claims Barcelona is looking to negotiate with his La Liga rival for a reduced £22m.
They want the deal to be completed by January 7 – when the two teams meet each other for the first time this season in La Liga.
Barcelona can still take legal action if it is not resolved, but they prefer to try to find an amicable compromise first.
The Catalans insist that Atletico already launched the option to buy during his first two-year loan spell when he was involved in more than 50 per cent of their playing time.
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Of the eight games he has played this season, Griezmann has scored three goals – two of them in La Liga.
All of his La Liga matches have come after the 60th minute this season.
Atlético president Simeone has strongly hinted at restrictions on him from the club’s senior leadership.