Barcelona announce Antoine Griezmann capture; Atletico Madrid raise dispute over transfer fee

Lenglet abrió la lata frente a la Real Sociedad tras un córner

Lenglet abrió la lata frente a la Real Sociedad tras un córner

Atletico believe Griezmann had agreed to join Barcelona before the release clause in his contract was reduced to €120m and are claiming the amount deposited to complete the deal on Friday is €80m short of what they are due.

Spanish giants FC Barcelona say they have paid €120 million to secure the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann then signed up for Madrid Atletico which he left in May 2019 after playing five seasons during which he scored 133 goals.

Contacted by AFP on Saturday, the club refused to comment.

Barcelona, which won La Liga last season by nine points, has strengthened itself at the expense of second-placed Atletico Madrid by signing its leading scorer in each of the last five campaigns.

Now, they are contesting that because Barcelona came to terms with Griezmann months ago, which may have voided his contract, they are obligated to pay his release clause at that time, which was $225 million.

His Barcelona contract, which will be officially signed on Sunday ahead of his unveiling, contains a buyout clause of 800m euros (£733m).

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Additionally, the Brazilian player is said to have requested to meet Leonardo in order to reiterate his wish to leave the Parc des Princes.

Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille.

During five years with Atletico, Griezmann, a World Cup victor with France last summer, scored 133 goals in 257 appearances.

It was heavily suspected that the French forward would leave Atletico after the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he scored in the final and came home with a winners' medal.