Antoine Griezmann: FC Barcelona sign French striker for €120 million

13 Juillet, 2019, 17:54 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Barcelona announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann on Friday for 120 million euros ($135 million), sparking a furious reaction from Atletico Madrid over the amount the La Liga champions paid for the World Cup victor.

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Spain's Barcelona signed French star Antoine Griezmann from their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Friday. The two clubs met in Madrid last Thursday, but it quickly became apparent that Atletico would not accept a payment plan. Spanish source AS has made the revelation, that as many as four Barcelona players could be sent the other way for Neymar. He didn't and was subsequently fined.

Earlier in July, Atletico hit out at both Barcelona and Griezmann for showing them "disrespect" in reportedly agreeing a transfer in March.

"Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its release clause since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and the Football Club Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m".

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Sources at the Catalan club have told ESPN FC they are "relaxed" about Atletico's threats, adding that Griezmann did not sign a precontract agreement before July and that they have not breached any of FIFA's regulations.

However, Atletico Madrid have now announced they will contest the signing.

The World Cup victor, 28, has signed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants after they activated the £107m clause in his deal with Atleti.

"I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges", Griezmann told the Atletico website.

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

The 2018 FIFA World Cup victor, Griezmann, 28, scored 185 goals in 459 club appearances.

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