Antoine Griezmann is already a Barcelona player, after the club azulgrana bought this Friday finally the freedom of the French striker to dissociate from Atletico Madrid. Griezmann, through his lawyer, deposited in the headquarters of LaLiga the 120 million euros of his clause of rescission to sign for the whole azulgrana. The French footballer dissociated himself from Atlético on the last day he was legally obliged to appear to train with the rojiblancos.
Barcelona made it official after 3:00 pm and confirmed that the player will sign a contract with the Catalan team "for the next 5 seasons, until June 30, 2024, with a cancellation clause of 800 million euros»
Griezmann and Barça put an end to the soap opera at noon this Friday, so that the already rojiblanco exjugador can sign for the reigning Liga champion and be presented, probably on Sunday, at the Camp Nou. The Frenchman will sign for five seasons for Barcelona, after the club chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu has paid in cash the 120 million of his rescission. Atlético did not agree to negotiate with Barcelona a payment in installments by the entity culé, so it was necessary to wait until this Friday for Griezmann to stop being a red-and-white player to become a Barça player.
By the signing of Griezmann for Barcelona, Atlético is pocketing 120 million and Real Sociedad 20% of the operation, that is, 24 million
The meeting between Òscar Grau and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín did not help before the statements of Josep Maria Bartomeu last week that led to the red and white entity, outraged by the request for a payment in installments due to Barça's liquidity problems, to be launched a statement criticizing the "behavior of Griezmann and Barça" proposing a transfer. Something to which they refused in the Metropolitan Wanda, despite the fact that Nelson Semedo interested Diego Simeone. By the signing of Griezmann for Barcelona, Atlético is pocketing 120 million and Real Sociedad 20% of the operation, that is, 24 million.
Everything was delayed until Friday by the form of payment that Barcelona wanted from the amount of the Griezmann clause. The idea of the Catalan club was that on Thursday Griezmann had already been in Barcelona after having paid the amount of his freedom and had been presented this Friday, after taking the traditional photograph in the Camp Nou store, but the obligation to pay Cash delayed the plans azulgrana.
Atlético claims 200 million and not 120
Atletico's reaction to the payment of the clause did not wait and announced in a statement that it has already taken legal action for the 'clausulazo' of Griezmann. The Atletico club "considers that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its termination clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros" . Also, remember that "it was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on May 14 announcing his disengagement from the club."
For all this, the rojiblanco team believes "that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of the pass season by events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and for that reason he has already initiated the procedures that he considers appropriate for the defense of his legitimate rights and interests ».
No filing date
Now we just have to wait for Barcelona to confirm the day and time of the presentation, although it has already been revealed that it will not be opened at the Camp Nou, as it happened with Neto, since his team from last year with the documentary ' The decision 'still upset between a hobby that has a feeling of' déjà vú 'in this summer soap opera and already shouted' Bartomeu resignation! 'In the release of Frenkie de Jong. The change of lawn of the stadium is a good alibi for not doing an open event to present the French player. There is also doubt about the suitability of giving him the '7' with Coutinho on the roster, as did Atlético with Joao Félix. It seems a way to lower the Brazilian's cache, whether or not it continues in the entity.
There is also doubt about the suitability of giving him the '7' with Coutinho on the roster, as did Atlético with Joao Félix
On Sunday will be the medical examination at Barça for footballers who have not played Copa América and the African Cup. Then all the preparations will be completed, with the contract until 2024 signed, before Griezmann is already short on Monday with the rest of his colleagues as one more of the staff. The world champion would not step on the Camp Nou until the Joan Gamper dispute, already in August. Enough time for him to explain 'his mistake' of the summer of 2018 and the fans will vary their attitude towards him.