Concise News reports that Barcelona released a statement on Friday afternoon announcing they had signed the 28-year-old after meeting the £108m buyout clause needed to terminate his contract with Atletico Madrid.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2019
However, Atletico responded stating that the money paid was insufficient, claiming that Griezmann had agreed to move to the Camp Nou before July 1, when his £180m release clause was slashed down to £108m.
Official statement regarding the unilateral termination of the contract that links Antoine Griezmann with our club https://t.co/3V2p51Pmut
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 12, 2019
“Atlético de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet [Griezmann’s] buy-out clause since it is obvious that the player committed to FC Barcelona before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros,” the club says in a statement.
“Atlético de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why the club has already started the procedures it considers appropriate for the defence of its legitimate rights and interests.”
The French World Cup winner will be presented as a Barcelona player in the coming days and will sign a five-year deal, with his new contract carrying an €800m (£717m) buyout clause.
Griezmann’s new challenge will be to help Barcelona win the Champions League for a sixth time.
Their last European title was in 2015, and the team collapsed in the second leg of last year’s semi-final when Liverpool overturned a 3-0 loss by dealing them a humiliating 4-0 defeat.