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The email that Atlético de Madrid would have in its hands and that could prove the existence of conversations between Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona in March of this year, as EL MUNDO has already published, is a shadow that looms over the Tour of the Barça team through the United States. The Barcelona entity said yesterday that it will make no official comment about this information, but from within the club they intend to convey peace of mind about the consequences of the email sent by the French soccer player's lawyer.
Yesterday, from the club's offices they only remembered the words spoken by the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu , at Griezmann's presentation at the Camp Nou. «I talked to them, I don't think they have any proof, because there is nothing . I understand that they defend their interests, just as Barça does the same. We will see how everything will evolve, but I don't think it will have positive results for them, because there is nothing, ”Bartomeu stressed in the French release with the Barça team.
The email, sent by lawyer Sevan Karian to the player himself, to his sister and representative, Maud, and to their father, Alain , would detail the conditions under which their incorporation into Barcelona and the fees to be paid should occur. However, from the Barcelona entity it is understood that this would not imply any evidence of a direct negotiation with Barcelona, since it is not part of its offices, employees or executives. And, in addition, it is reiterated that there is no pre-contract with the French.
At Atlético de Madrid, meanwhile, they understand that this message should suffice to demonstrate that there was an intention on the part of Barcelona to sign Griezmann before July 1, the date on which its termination clause went from 200 million euros to 120 million , and therefore the difference of 80 million should be paid. The rojiblanca entity, in fact, has already claimed before the Federation that the license of Antoine Griezmann should not be processed. He also reported the case in the League and in the ordinary courts of Justice for breach of contract.
Yesterday, a spokesman for Atlético de Madrid said that the club prefers to remain silent about the case, that it does not deny the information published by EL MUNDO and that it maintains the position set in previous weeks, in which 80 million are claimed for the termination clause from Griezmann.
In the beginning, FIFA should be inhibited in this case because as it is a conflict between teams of the same nationality, the Spanish Federation would have to decide. In any case, the penalty would fall on the club, not the player.
The route that can have more route for the interests of Atlético de Madrid is that of ordinary Justice. In this case, a social court will decide whether or not Barcelona should pay the 80 million euros claimed by the club rojiblanco.
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