Barcelona have announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann after the Spanish champions paid La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid the one hundred and twenty million euro release clause required to sign the World Cup winner.
Barca said in a statement that the player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to thirtieth of June 2024, with a buyout clause of eight hundred million Euros. Today’s announcement brings to an end a dispute between the two clubs and Griezmann, who had long aimed to move to the Catalan giants.
The 28-year-old failed to show up for his side’s pre-season gathering on Sunday after he had announced in May he would be leaving the Wanda Metropolitano, even though he could not reveal his destination until his release clause dropped from 200 million euros to 120 million euros at the start of the month.
Last week Atletico accused Barcelona and Griezmann of a “lack of respect” after the Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the two clubs had held talks about the former Real Sociedad forward. Atletico Madrid argued today that the 120 million euros Barcelona paid for France forward Antoine Griezmann was “insufficient” and that he had “unilaterally” broken his contract.