Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cerezo: If Atletico Madrid have made claims it's because there's evidence

Cerezo: If Atletico Madrid have made claims it's because there's evidence

Spain's Barcelona signed French star Antoine Griezmann from their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Friday.

The France global becomes Barca's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Neto.

Barcelona's acquisition of Griezmann made him the sixth most expensive signing in history behind Ousmane Dembele, Joao Felix, Philippe Coutinho, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

In a statement, Barca revealed they had paid the 120 million euros to activate the Frenchman's release clause, adding he would sign a five-year deal that included a "buyout clause of 800 million euros".

Atletico condemned Barca for approaching Griezmann while the La Liga title was still being contended between the two teams and demanded the player return to the club for training. Atletico claim they are due €80m more, because they feel the agreement between Barcelona and Griezmann predates the reduction in the buyout clause.

"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 on behalf of the player the amount of €120m from Fútbol Club Barcelona", read the statement.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and scored 133 goals in 256 appearances.

Following an internal debate, though, with Bartomeu and coach Ernesto Valverde both advocates for the signing, they made a decision to reactivate their interest in him.

Griezmann had been heavily linked with a move to Barca last summer but ended up signing a new contact with Atletico until 2023.

Barcelona announced the World Cup winner's move to the Catalan capital from Atletico Madrid on Friday.

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