Friday, 19 July, 2019

Barcelona to sign Antoine Griezmann; deal has $900M buyout clause

Image PA Barcelona hand Antoine Griezmann club-record release clause following €120m switch from Atletico
Sidney Guerrero | 13 July, 2019, 18:00

The France global becomes Barca's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Neto.

It was reported that the Brazilian was desperate to rejoin Barcelona, his former employers, this summer, but the signing of Antoine Griezmann appears to have thrown those plans awry for now.

The Spanish champions landed the ex-Atletico Madrid ace, 28, on Friday after activating his €120m release clause and signed him on a five-year deal.

Griezmann's terms with Barcelona feature an €800-million buyout clause. But, as per Atletico Madrid, the clause kicks in on July 1 while they claim Barcelona agreed the deal before the date, which means the La Liga champions have to submit the previous clause value to get Griezmann, which stood at €200 million. The Catalans were widely expected to make a move for the Atletico Madrid striker so the announcement did not cause much of a reaction among the football faithful.

"Barcelona has paid the €120 million ($134.9 million) buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid", Barcelona said on its website.

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It is reported that Real Sociedad, the club at which Griezmann began his career, have made €24 million from the move as part of a re-sale clause.

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.

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

"Atletico de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season due to facts, acts, and demonstrations made by the player, and therefore has already initiated the procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests", the club wrote in a statement.

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