Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

FC Barcelona confirm €120 million Antoine Griezmann signing

FC Barcelona confirm €120 million Antoine Griezmann signing

The deal also includes an €800m release clause.

FC Barcelona have officially confirmed the signing of Antoine Griezmann this Friday.

The French striker's lawyer is in LaLiga's headquarters and ready to deposit the €120 million release clause that will let him sign for Barcelona.

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Griezmann has always been expected to join Barcelona since his impending departure from Atletico was announced in May. Furthermore, his release clause has been set at €800 Million.

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With the fee paid, the player will be free to sign for Barca.

Griezmann is the third high-profile player to leave Atletico this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin left to join Inter Milan after his contract expired.

Last Friday, Atletico accused Barcelona and Griezmann of a "lack of respect". Barca were reluctant to move for him initially due to the way he turned them down via a documentary called "The Decision" last summer.

Despite a whirlwind of interest in the player following his role in France's World Cup 2018 win nearly exactly a year ago, when the player scored a penalty during a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final in Moscow, Greizmann saw out another season in Madrid.

Griezmann won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Super Cup during his time at Atletico and was the team's top scorer in each of the last five seasons.

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