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Antoine Griezmann transfer: Atletico Madrid claim Barcelona still owe them £72million despite Camp Nou club

Antoine Griezmann transfer: Atletico Madrid claim Barcelona still owe them £72million despite Camp Nou club

Atletico Madrid have claimed Barcelona owe them an extra £72million for Antoine Griezmann despite the LaLiga champions already SIGNING the forward. The Catalan club announced the signing of the France World Cup winner on Friday afternoon after activating his £108million (€120million) release clause. AFP or licensors 1 Griezmann’s long-awaited move to Barcelona was confirmed on…


Atletico Madrid have claimed Barcelona owe them an extra £72million for Antoine Griezmann despite the LaLiga champions already SIGNING the forward.

The Catalan club announced the signing of the France World Cup winner on Friday afternoon after activating his £108million (€120million) release clause.

Griezmann’s long-awaited move to Barcelona was confirmed on Friday

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Griezmann’s long-awaited move to Barcelona was confirmed on Friday

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The transfer saga has rumbled on for months with Griezmann even announcing he was leaving Atleti before he had officially signed for someone else.

While the saga appears to be over, Atletico have contested the transfer as they claim Barca used a loophole to avoid having to pay a much higher fee for Griezmann.

They believe the ‘commitment of the player and FC Barcelona’ was closed before his buyout clause dropped from £179million (€200million) to £108million on July 1.

The statement read: “Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract linking the player with Atlético Madrid, with Fútbol Club Barcelona having deposited the sum of €120million euros in the name and on behalf of the footballer.

“Atlético Madrid considers that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its termination clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and FC Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from €200million euros to €120million.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was amended the communication that the player made on 14 May announcing his disassociation from the club.

“Atlético Madrid believes that the termination of the contract took place before the end of last season for facts, acts and demonstrations made by the player and therefore has already initiated the procedures it has considered appropriate for the defence of their rights and legitimate interests.”

Atletico Madrid have claimed Barcelona owe them an extra £72million for Antoine Griezmann despite the LaLiga champions already SIGNING the forward.
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