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Barcelona hang signed Antoine Griezmann after they deposited the Atletico Madrid ahead’s €120 million buyout clause with La Liga, an amount that Atleti remark is €80m rapid.
Griezmann, 28, is expected to near in Barcelona over the weekend, the build he’ll pen a five-year contract with the Spanish champions sooner than becoming a member of preseason coaching next week. The deal also involves an €800m originate clause.
The France worldwide becomes Barca’s third signing of the summer season, following the arrivals of Frenkie De Jong and Neto. Griezmann’s originate clause dropped from €200m on July 1, and sources told ESPN FC on the time that the Blaugrana had been engaged on a deal for the attacker.
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Atletico, however, remark they are due €80m extra, on story of they feel the agreement between Barcelona and Griezmann predates the reduction in the buyout clause.
In a records originate released on Friday, the club mentioned”it’s apparent that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was accomplished sooner than the date of the buyout clause’s reduction from €200 to €120m.”
Barcelona delayed triggering the clause immediately in the hope additionally they can negotiate a contend with Atletico that could presumably allow them to pay the cost in installments. The 2 clubs met in Madrid closing Thursday, nonetheless it completely rapidly became apparent that Atletico would now no longer settle for a payment belief.
Atletico condemned Barca for forthcoming Griezmann whereas the La Liga title was restful being contended between the 2 teams and demanded the player return to the club for coaching. He didn’t and was attributable to this truth fined.
After Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the assembly had taken spot, the Rojiblancos released a strongly worded assertion criticising each and every Barca’s and Griezmann’s actions.
Sources on the Catalan club hang told ESPN FC they are “relaxed” about Atletico’s threats, including that Griezmann did now no longer signal a precontract agreement sooner than July and that they’ve now no longer breached any of FIFA’s regulations.
ESPN FC first printed in March that Griezmann was having a test to head away Atletico. Barca had been reluctant to droop for him initially attributable to the map he became them down thru a documentary known as “The Decision” closing summer season.
Following an internal debate, even supposing, with Bartomeu and coach Ernesto Valverde each and every advocates for the signing, they made up our minds to reactivate their curiosity in him.
Griezmann announced in Also can merely that he could presumably be leaving Atletico this summer season, nonetheless it completely was now no longer till July, when his originate clause dipped, that Barca confirmed they wished to signal him.
Proper Sociedad, Griezmann’s archaic club, are in line to pocket €24m from the deal attributable to a 20 percent promote-on clause inserted when they equipped him to Atletico in 2014.
In the end of 5 years with Atletico, Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France closing summer season, scored 133 desires in 257 appearances. He also won the Europa League, the UEFA Elephantine Cup and the Spanish Elephantine Cup in that point.