Atletico Madrid have confirmed they will take legal action on Barcelona’s signing of Antoine Griezmann and will request a further €80m.
Blagurana 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.
However, Atleti now allege that the signing had been done before the clause dropped to €120m from €200m, and that they are now thus entitled to a further €80m from Barca.
“Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that binds the player with Atlético de Madrid, having deposited Fútbol Club Barcelona in the name and on behalf of the player the amount of €120m,” read the Atleti statement.
“Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and that of Football Club Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m.
“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.
“Atlético de Madrid believes that 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 he has already started the procedures he considered appropriate for the defense of his rights and interests legitimate.”