F.C Barcelona have paid Antoine Griezmann’s €120 million release clause to bring him to Camp Nou.
World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann who rejected a move to the Camp Nou last year, secures his transfer to Barcelona this summer window. Griezmann had caused much conflict when he released a video last year to announce his staying at Atletico Madrid, leaving the Barca fans and board furious.
The French star has signed a five year contract with the club keeping him at the club until 2024. F.C Barcelona released a video starring Griezmann titled “Life is all about second chances”. Barca have set his release clause to a whooping €800 million.
Real Sociedad will be getting approximately €24m (£21.5m) due to the 20 percent sell-on clause in the initial deal to sell the player to Atletico.
✌️ Life is all about second chances. pic.twitter.com/5ArFiaP2ht
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2019
However, there are still complications in the move, with Atletico demanding €80 million more. Atletico have said that Barca had an agreement with Griezmann before his release clause dropped to €120 million on 1st June, and hence they will need to pay the prior clause which was €200 million.
Cerezo, Atletico Madrid president, said the club had proof that Griezmann and Barcelona negotiated early and planned to request a greater fee.
“If the club have made this statement it’s because there’s evidence,” he told RAC1.
“We have to study it and we’ll demand the amount we consider to be necessary.”
Barcelona are planning to unveil Griezmann on Saturday at the Camp Nou and have still not responded to the claims by Atleti.
The 28 year old scored 133 goals in 257 appearances for Atletico Madrid as the club’s fifth-highest goalscorer. During his tenure he won the Europa League, a Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup with the Madrid side.
F.C Barcelona are still highly linked for a move for Neymar Jr. to bring him back to the Camp Nou which could see one of Coutinho or Dembele being swapped with PSG. With big moves Barcelona are aiming to win it all after being disappointed last season.