Barca announce €120M Griezmann transfer, Atletico allege insufficient fee

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2019

But now the saga is finally over, with Griezmann being announced as Barcelona's third arrival of the summer.

It was reported that the Brazilian was desperate to rejoin Barcelona, his former employers, this summer, but the signing of Antoine Griezmann appears to have thrown those plans awry for now.

"The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros", Barcelona said, while Atletico Madrid claimed that Barcelona have not paid his full release clause.

Atletico say they will take legal action against Griezmann and Barça in search for the additional 80 million after the player's lawyer, Sevan Karian, deposited his 120 million release clause with La Liga on Friday.

Antoine Griezmann has signed for Barcelona for €120million, the club confirmed on Friday.

Atletico Madrid said in a news release that the club believes "it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was completed before the date of the buyout clause's reduction from €200 to €120m".

He rejected an offer from Barcelona a year ago and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.

Griezmann joined Atletico in 2014 and has scored 133 goals in 257 appearances, lifting the Europa League in 2018.

Following an internal debate, though, with Bartomeu and coach Ernesto Valverde both advocates for the signing, they made a decision to reactivate their interest in him.

During five years with Atletico, Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France last summer, scored 133 goals in 257 appearances.

The announcement was the latest episode in a spat between the two clubs and Griezmann after the 28-year-old failed to show up for Atletico's pre-season gathering on Sunday following his announcement in May he would be leaving for an unnamed destination - long-suspected to be Barcelona.

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