Griezmann Officially Joins Barca

France forward Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona from Atletico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120 million euro (£107.6m) buyout fee.
The 28-year-old will sign a five-year contract which ties him to Barca until June 30, 2024.

Griezmann’s new contract contains a buyout clause of 800million euros (N324.9billion/£733million), the Spanish champions added in a statement.
 The Spanish league champions said in a statement via their website:

FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from

Atlético Madrid.The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros.

With his arrival at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman takes another step forward in his career with the goal of consolidating his place as one of the best players in the world. 

Griezmann had announced in May he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.

Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the 2018 World Cup winner.

Last month Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed he had known about the impending transfer since March.

Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille.

He joined Sociedad at the age of 14 and made his debut for the San Sebastian side aged 18.

As well as his World Cup success with France, he is also a Champions League and European Championship runner-up after Atletico and France fell at the final hurdle in those respective competitions in 2016.
Atleti later released a statement in which they said the sum received for Griezmann was “insufficient”, arguing that the deal had effectively been done before the player’s buyout clause dropped from 200million euros (N81billion) to 120million (N48.7billion) on July 1.

In a strongly-worded statement, the club wrote:

Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited (€120m) is insufficient to meet his rescission clause, since it's obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m.

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 we've already started procedures considered appropriate to defend our rights and legitimate interests.

The 28-year-old will now join Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to form a deadly trident at the top of the pitch for Barcelona.

Griezmann departs Atletico, having scored 133 goals in 257 appearances during his five-year spell at the club.

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