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Published: 14:48 | 12/7/19

Griezmann finally joins Barcelona


Barcelona have signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid after meeting the €120million release clause in his contract.

Griezmann has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp for several seasons but opted to remain at Atletico last summer, revealing his decision in a half-hour long documentary called 'The Decision' on Spanish TV channel Movistar.

He went on to lift the World Cup with France but he continued to be linked with Barcelona and speculation over a possible move intensified following the Catalan giants shock defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final.

In May he announced that he would be leaving Atletico but his move to Barcelona was only confirmed once the €120million buyout clause had been paid.

Atletico Madrid, however, believe they are owned an additional €80million as they claim the France international agreed terms with Barcelona before the release clause dropped from €200million on 1 July.

“The amount deposited is insufficient to meet his release clause, since it is obvious that the agreement of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m," a statement from the Spanish club read.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player made the communication, on 14 May, that he will leave the club.

“Atletico Madrid believes the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why it [the club] has already started procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its rights and legitimate interests.”

Griezmann moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and during his five seasons with the club he won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup, scoring 133 goals in 252 appearances.

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