Barcelona announced the signing of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann earlier today for a whopping £108m.
The Catalans triggered the release clause present in Griezmann’s contract. However, according to Atletico Madrid, the £108m shelled out by Barcelona is not enough to meet Griezmann’s release clause which stood at £180m till July 1.
Atletico slam Barcelona for dirty negotiations in Antoine Griezmann move
Atletico believe that Griezmann had agreed a move to Barcelona before July 1st, meaning his release clause would have been £180m at the time.
While the move was officially completed today, it remains to be seen whether Barcelona do have to shell out the remaining £72m.
Atletico released a statement earlier today explaining the same:
“Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet [Griezmann’s] buy-out clause. since it is obvious that the player committed to FC Barcelona before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.”
“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 the club has already started the procedures it considers appropriate for the defense of its legitimate rights and interests.”
Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico’s statement and further developments are awaited.
Griezmann signs five year deal with £717m release clause
Griezmann, meanwhile, is expected to be presented as a Barcelona player some time next week. His new deal will run until 2024 and carry a release clause of £717m.
The Catalans are certainly building a formidable squad as they set their sights on the Champions League trophy.
They are also believed to be finalising a deal for PSG superstar Neymar. They are also expected to offload the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele this summer.