FC Barcelona has announced the arrival of Antoine Griezmann on Friday. The French attacker comes for 120 million euros from Atlético Madrid, who later in the afternoon said they did not agree with the transfer.
Barcelona states that with 120 million euros it meets the departure clause in the contract of the attacker, who has an agreement on a contract until mid 2024 in Camp Nou.
In a statement, Atlético states that the departure clause is not 120 million, but 200 million. The club reduced the amount in the clause this summer by 80 million to accommodate Griezmann. When it became clear that the striker reached personal agreement with Barcelona much earlier, Atlético decided to stick to the initial 200 million clause.
The new developments fit in seamlessly with the transfer soap, in which Barcelona and Atlético roam the streets. Last week, Atlético even seemed to cancel the 28-year-old's transfer. In a statement, the club criticized the Barcelona method, which would have reached a personal agreement with Griezmann in February, behind Atlético's back.
If the transfer comes to an end, the 72-time French international will be teammate of Frenkie de Jong this season, who has been transferred by Ajax for around 75 million. Brazilian defender Emerson (from Atlético Mineiro) and goalkeeper Neto (from Valencia) are also new to Barcelona this summer, while keeper Jasper Cillissen has left for Valencia.
Most expensive footballers of all time
- 1. Neymar - 222 million, from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain
- 2. Kylian Mbappé - 133 million, from AS Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain
- 3. João Felix - 126 million, from Benfica to Atlético Madrid
- 4. Antoine Griezmann - 120 million, from Atlético Madrid to FC Barcelona
- 5. Philippe Coutinho - 120 million, from Liverpool to FC Barcelona
Atletico paid 30 million euros for Griezmann
With his transfer fee of € 120 million, Griezmann may be the book as the fourth most expensive player ever. Griezmann has a departure clause of EUR 800 million in his new commitment. Neymar, who moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros in the summer of 2017, remains the most expensive player of all time.
In 2014, Atlético paid only 30 million euros for Griezmann, who was transferred from Real Sociedad. He scored 94 goals in 180 league matches for the Madrid club.
The year of his transfer to Atlético was also the year of the international debut of Griezmann, who became world champion with France in 2018. With four goals, one of which was won in the 4-2 final against Croatia. He had a substantial share in the overall victory.
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