14 Jul Barcelona signal Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid star completes $120m Camp Nou move
A protracted transfer saga has reached its end, together with the World Cup winner dreading the Spanish funds for Catalunya
Barcelona have formally declared the signing of Antoine Griezmann in Atletico Madrid, together with the French ahead placing pen-to-paper following the Blaugrana paid his total $120m (Number 107m/$134m) release clause.
The former Real Sociedad ahead and 2018 World Cup winner has signed in the Camp Nou to the next five seasons to June 2024 — a contract that includes a buyout clause of $800m.
The transfer hasn’t been without drama, since Atleti recently struck out in Barca and Griezmann himself to get their behavior after it had been disclosed that the two parties were in discussions and reached an agreement in March – a period during which Diego Simeone’s side were still battling in La Liga and the Champions League.
Truly, Atletico were just informed from the World Cup winner in May that he wished to depart at the close of the year, further irritating Los Rojiblancos after reevaluate making public his intention to keep in a televised statement the year before.
Together with the bargain today finished, nevertheless, Griezmann will join with Lionel Messi and co since the present Spanish champions goal to acquire the Liga title for a third successive season.
A product of Real Sociedad’s youth program, Griezmann will bring much more goals into some team that netted 90 occasions in the league last year — a few 35 over Atletico and 27 over Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Throughout his successful five-year stay in the Spanish capital, the 28-year old helped himself 133 aims in 257 looks across all contests, and has also bagged 29 because of his nation since making his France debut in March 2014.
The Macon-born celebrity becomes Barcelona’s third most expensive signing from the club foundation behind Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
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It’s known Griezmann’s attorney deposited the essential buy-out capital at La Liga headquarters at Madrid on Friday morning.
Real Sociedad — the team which took a bet on the attacker afterwards several clubs in his home state of France had refused the opportunity to sign him will get $24m (Number 22m/$27m) of those total transfer commission.
Now the two-year transfer saga is at an end, Griezmann will try to form a deadly trio along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.