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Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona confirm signing of Atletico Madrid striker in €120m deal

Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona confirm signing of Atletico Madrid striker in €120m deal

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.

Barcelona have officially announced the capture of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, who have raised a dispute in the money paid by the La Liga champions. The two clubs met in Madrid last Thursday, but it quickly became apparent that Atletico would not accept a payment plan. Plus, Dan Thomas, Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop break down Barcelona's projected XI for next season, with the arrivals of Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, and discuss the futures of potential Barca outcasts Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. He didn't and was subsequently fined.

Griezmann nearly signed for Barca 12 months ago, but instead opted to remain at Atletico, announcing his choice to stay in a documentary called "The Decision".

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".

Antoinne Griezmann's departure to Barcelona might leave a crater-sized hole in Atletico Madrid's lineup. Barca were reluctant to move for him initially due to the way he turned them down via a documentary called "The Decision" last summer.

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"They've made a great signing", Cerezo confessed.

Griezmann had been heavily linked with a move to Barca last summer but ended up signing a new contact with Atletico until 2023.

However, the 2018 World Cup victor spent only one more season with the Rojiblancos before announcing in May that he would be leaving the club this summer.

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


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