Barcelona confirm $135 mln signing of World Cup-winner Antoine Griezmann

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The forward, who was pictured on a boat during his holiday in Ibiza on Friday, has signed on the dotted line for Barcelona on a five-year deal, which includes an eye-watering buyout clause of £717m. Atletico released a statement last week, criticizing the player for negotiating a deal with Barcelona in March and failing to show up to training while still under contract, awaiting the move. The transfer was made official after the player's release clause was paid in full earlier today.

By October 2017, Barcelona were already plotting their move for Griezmann for the summer of 2018.

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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 was a losing finalist with Atletico in the competition in 2016 against Real Madrid, where he missed a penalty in normal time but scored his spot kick in the resulting shootout, although his side went on to lose 5-3 overall.

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It brings to an end a deal which has been in the making for several months.

The club went on to say that with the move, Griezmann "takes another step forward in his career with the goal of consolidating his place as one of the best players in the world".

Barcelona instead opted for Ousmane Dembele and a two-year transfer saga began.

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

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