Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona sign Atletico Madrid forward

France international Griezmann may perchance well well dangle a birth clause of 800m euros (£717m) at Barcelona

Barcelona dangle signed France forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying his 120m euro (£107m) buyout clause.

The 28-year-passe World Cup winner has signed a five-year deal which contains an 800m euro (£717m) birth clause.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Exact Sociedad in 2014 and scored 133 dreams in 256 appearances.

He signed a current five-year deal in June 2018nonetheless announced in Can evenhe may perchance well well perchance be leaving the club this summer time.

The 2018 World Cup winner turns into the field’s sixth most costly signing gradual Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho, Joao Felix and Ousmane Dembele.

Griezmann obtained the Europa League, the Spanish Easy Cup and the Uefa Easy Cup all over his time at Atletico and became once the team’s high scorer in every of the rest five seasons.

He turns into Barca’s fourth indispensable signing of the summer time, following the acquisition of midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, goalkeeper Neto from Valencia and defender Emerson from Brazilian aspect Atletico-MG.

Griezmann – manufacture you realize?

  • Barca’s most up-to-date signing became once firstly rejected as a footballer forward of reaching his teenage years for being too miniature
  • Griezmann is an NBA fanatic and his favourite player is Derrick Rose of Detroit Pistons
  • Griezmann’s home in Madrid has a basketball court for him to practice
  • The Frenchman is a lover of Uruguay and its culture after being influenced by team-mates from the nation

A transfer saga and Barca’s enormous alternate choices

Atletico reported Barcelona to Fifaover an alleged illegal system for Griezmann in December 2017.

Griezmann then rejected an provide from Barcelona remaining year and revealed his idea route of in a documentary known as The Option.

But earlier this month Atletico stated every Barca and Griezmannhad been disrespectfulfor agreeing a deal forward of he had requested to breeze away the Madrid club.

Griezmann is the third excessive-profile player to breeze away Atletico this summer time after defender Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin left to be half of Inter Milan after his contract expired, whereas the clubhas additionally spent 126m euros to score Felix from Benfica.

Atletico performed second in La Liga remaining season, nine features gradual Griezmann’s current club.

Griezmann, who performed third within the vote casting for the Ballon d’Or in 2016 and 2018, joins Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Dembele as Barcelona’s excessive-profile forward alternate choices.

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