Griezmann's buyout clause surpasses Messi's

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2019

Barcelona finally announced the arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, but does his arrival come at the expense of a Neymar return and a four-pronged attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez? His new contract includes a $900 million buyout clause.

It is likely Atletico's failure to win the UEFA Champions League last season, despite enjoying a comfortable first leg position against favorites Juventus in last season's round of 16, was a key factor in Griezmann's decision. The French attacker announced in May that he was leaving Madrid this summer despite agreeing to fresh five-year terms at the Wanda Metropolitano in June 2018.

Last week Atletico accused Barcelona and Griezmann of a "lack of respect" after Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the two clubs had held talks about the former Real Sociedad forward.

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And now Griezmann has been confirmed as a Barcelona player. "The truth is you're in my heart".

"Atlético de Madrid considers that the deposited amount is insufficient to cover his buyout clause, since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and FC Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from 200 million euros to 120 euros", Atletico said in a news release. PSG's director Leonardo said that the Brazil global will be allowed to leave the club once an appropriate offer comes, but the club is expected to play hardball if Barcelona try to make a move for him.

"Atletico believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season and therefore has initiated procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests". He will sign his contract Sunday.

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