Atletico Madrid feel short-changed as Antoine Griezmann signs for Barcelona

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2019

In a statement, Barca revealed that they had paid the €120 million to activate the Frenchman's release clause, adding that he would sign a five-year deal that included a "buyout clause of €800 million".

In a statement released by Atletico, they claim the amount deposited for Griezmann's signing is "insufficient".

Barcelona have signed French global forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid for 120m euros.

Barcelona delayed triggering the clause immediately in the hope they could negotiate a deal with Atletico that would allow them to pay the fee in installments.

He was scouted by Basque club Real Sociedad at the age of 14.

The French forward will be presented as a new Barça man on Sunday but the club wanted to release a short video in which Griezmann had a message for the supporters.

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Atletico Madrid have announced they have already "initiated the procedures" to contest the signing, effectively taking Barcelona to court.

"When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don't come around just once", said Griezmann. "Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behavior of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid". "It's our time. This is our path".

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It remains to be seen how far Atletico will take their action against Barcelona over the Griezmann transfers, with talks between the club expected take place to try and resolve the dispute.

He won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 when France were beaten in the final on home soil by Portugal before helping to guide his country to World Cup glory in Russian Federation previous year.

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