Barca sign Griezmann Atletico dispute fee


The Antoine Griezmann transfer saga is finally over - or is it?

"Griezmann, It's magnificent!", Barcelona said in a video on Twitter to announce their forward's arrival.

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".

Will Griezmann be a hit at Barcelona?

Antoine Griezmann insists he has nothing to apologise for over his move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona.

In a statement released by Atletico, they claim the amount deposited for Griezmann's signing is "insufficient".

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Earlier in July, Atletico hit out at both Barcelona and Griezmann for showing them "disrespect" in reportedly agreeing a transfer in March.

Atletico Madrid said in a news release that the club believes "it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was completed before the date of the buyout clause's reduction from €200 to €120m". Barca were reluctant to move for him initially due to the way he turned them down via a documentary called "The Decision" last summer.

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

Atletico finished second in La Liga last season, nine points behind Griezmann's new club.

Despite a whirlwind of interest in the player following his role in France's World Cup 2018 win nearly exactly a year ago, when the player scored a penalty during a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final in Moscow, Greizmann saw out another season in Madrid.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and scored 133 goals in 256 appearances. He also won the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup in that time.