NEWS
Friday July 12 2019
Barcelona complete Antoine Griezmann transfer

FC Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Club officials paid his €120m release clause at La Liga headquarters in Madrid earlier today, and the defending La Liga champions have since released an official statement confirming the deal.

"FC Barcelona have activated the clause in Antoine Griezmann's contract with Atletico Madrid.

"The clause is at a cost of €120m."

The statement also confirmed that the French international would sign a five year deal at the Camp Nou, until 2024, with a release clause of €800m with the Catalan club.

He is expected to be presented as a new FC Barcelona player next week, and the club confirmed they would be announcing official details of his presentation in due course. 

Griezmann was linked with a move to Ernesto Valverde's side at the nd of the 2017-18 season, however he opted to reject a move away from Atletico Madrid, and chose to pen a new five year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

However he announced at the end of this season that he wanted to leave the club and join FC Barcelona, but the deal was delayed over controversy surrounding a pre-agreement between Griezmann and his new club.

Atletico Madrid have since confirmed they will be asking La Liga to investigate claims that he had already agreed to move to the Camp Nou in March 2019, when his release clause was €200m, not the €120m FC Barcelona have paid after it reduced earlier this month.

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