Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Barcelona sign French star Griezmann

Barcelona sign French star Griezmann

The 28-year-old Griezmann is expected to sign a five-year contract with the club that will include $900 million release clause.

"Now it's time to take on the challenge of a new destination".

"Finally, our paths cross".

However, Atletico believe the France global agreed to terms with Barca before his clause dropped from €200 million on July 1 and therefore claim they are owed an additional €80 million to ratify the transfer, they said in a statement.

The France attacker goes to Barca for the €120m buyout clause in his Atleti contract.

"It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on May 14 announcing his disengagement from the club".

Atletico then claimed Griezmann had told the club he had struck a deal with Barcelona in March, just days before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Juventus, which saw them dumped out by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick after winning the first leg 2-0 in Madrid.

Barcelona paid $135.1 million to pry Griezmann away from the rival La Liga club.

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 past year.

United can nearly certainly forget about signing Griezmann now despite tracking him for the past few years.

Griezmann's terms with Barcelona feature an €800-million buyout clause.

Griezmann's own attitude also displeased Cerezo, after spending five years at the club.

It was his lowest-scoring league campaign since the 2012-13 season and his lowest in Atletico colours, with Griezmann only managing 15 goals in La Liga, with 8 assists to his name.

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