Barcelona have completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann after the Spanish champions paid La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid the 120 million euro ($135 million) release clause required to sign the World Cup winner, Concise News reports.
“The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.
The World Cup winner, according to reports, did not show up for Atletico Madrid pre-season on Sunday after he had announced in May he would be leaving the Wanda Metropolitano.
However, Atletico accused Barcelona and Griezmann of a “lack of respect” after the Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the two clubs had held talks about the former Real Sociedad forward.
Atletico also claimed that Griezmann had told the club that he had struck a deal with Barcelona in March, just days before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Juventus, which saw them dumped out by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick after winning the first leg 2-0 in Madrid.
Griezmann joined Atletico in 2014 and has scored 133 goals in 257 appearances, lifting the Europa League in 2018.
He finished top scorer at Euro 2016 when France was beaten in the final on home soil by Portugal before helping to guide his team to World Cup triumph in Russia last year.
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