Barcelona have officially confirmed the signing of Antoine Griezmann but Atletico Madrid are claiming that Barcelona owe them more money.
Last summer, Antoine Griezmann refused to sign for Barcelona and remained in Atletico Madrid. But this summer is totally different. The World Cup winner has signed a five-year contract at Camp Nou containing an €800m release clause. His lawyers arrived at the LaLiga offices in Madrid to pay his Atletico Madrid release clause on Friday.
But now, Atletico Madrid are challenging Antoine Griezmann’s transfer to Barcelona as they insist the Catalans should have paid €200million to activate his release clause, not €120m. They believe the France international agreed terms with Barcelona before his release clause dropped from €200m on 1st July. Therefore they claim that Barcelona owe them an additional €80m to ratify the transfer.
Atletico Madrid published an official statement after Barcelona confirmed the signing of Antoine Griezmann: “The amount deposited is insufficient to meet his release clause since it is obvious that the agreement of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200million euros to 120million euros. It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player made the communication, on May 14, that he will leave the club.
Atletico Madrid believes 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 it [the club] has already started procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its rights and legitimate interests.”
Barcelona are yet to respond to Atletico Madrid’s claims. Though they plan to unveil Griezmann at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
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