Fc Barcelona has completed the signing of French forward Antoine Griezmann from domestic rivals Atletico de Madrid.
Barça paid Griezmann’s 120m euro (£107m) buyout clause at La Liga Headquarters earlier today.
Griezmann has now become world’s sixth most expensive signing after Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho, Joao Felix and Ousmane Dembele.
Griezmann has signed a contract in September 2018 but told that he’ll join in the summer. He had a release clause of 200m euros but got reduced to 120m euros (£179m) on July 1. However, Atletico is unhappy about Barcelona’s approach for the player and say 120m euros is “insufficient”.
“Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that links the player with Atletico,” they said in a statement.
“Atletico believes that the amount deposited is insufficient since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.
“Atletico believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season and therefore has initiated procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests.”
Moreover, Atletico had filed a complaint against Barcelona for approaching Griezmann in an illegal way.
Also, Earlier this month, Atletico accused Barca and Griezmann of disrespect and claimed the La Liga champions talked to their forward in March. They also ordered the player to join the rest of the squad for pre-season.
The statement said the Madrid club expressed their “strongest repulsion for the behaviour of both, especially Barcelona”.
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid splashing the cash
FC Barcelona; Expenditures: 233,00 Mill. €
Including Griezmann, Barcelona has now secured the signatures of 4 players in the ongoing transfer window. They paid Ajax 85m euros for Frankie De Jong. They’ve also signed Brazilian duo of Goalkeeper Neto and left-back Emerson, from Valencia and Atletico Mineiro, respectively.
Barcelona is also trying to re-sign Neymar from Paris-Saint Germain.
Club Atletico de Madrid; Expenditures: 196,50 Mill. €
Atletico might’ve lost key players including Griezmann and Diego Godin, but have already signed half a dozen new players by splashing almost 197m euros. They paid Benfica around 120m euros for 19-year-old Joao Felix.
Real Madrid; Expenditures: 303,00 Mill. €