Barcelona have confirmed the signing of French man Antoine Griezmann in a deal worth €120 million from Atletico Madrid.
Despite said clause being met in full, pointing to negotiations – and an agreement – between the player and Barca taking place when Griezmann’s buyout clause was still set at €200m.
The deal was confirmed on the club’s official Twitter page and website after Barca paid the €120 million buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from his former club.
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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.
Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited to meet the termination clause is insufficient, since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was reached before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.
Atletico claim they were only informed by Griezmann that he wanted to leave at the end of the season in May – a move that further frustrated the Spanish capital side.
The French man is expected to be officially unveiled as a Barcelona player on Sunday and will join up with his new team-mates on Monday for pre-season training, although the club is yet to confirm the details.
Griezmann who scored 133 goals in 257 appearances in his five years with Atletico was outstanding player for France’s World Cup winning side in 2018 in Russia, where he was the MVP of the final against Croatia.