Griezmann completes £108m Barcelona transfer from Atletico Madrid penning five-year contract including £720m release fee

By | 12th July 2019

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN has completed his £108million move to Barcelona – penning a five-year contract that includes a staggering £720m release fee.

The former Atletico Madrid star, 28, has finally called time on his stint at the Wanda Metropolitano in joining the La Liga champions.

Antoine Griezmann has finally called time on his stint at Atletico Madrid
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Griezmann had been linked with both Barca and Manchester United for around two years before he finally sealed his switch.

And the France international has signed a five-year deal, running until June 2024 – including the ridiculous £720m release clause.

Meanwhile, Los Rojiblancos didn’t waste a single second in replacing Griezmann – as they announced the signing of striker Ivan Saponjic.

Earlier on Friday, Griezmann’s lawyers were spotted on his way to deposit the funds for his Barca move.

ATLETI RAGE

As is stipulated in Spanish contracts, a release clause must be paid in full and in person via La Liga.

Barcelona are now expected to officially unveil him this weekend before he begins training next week.

Manchester United were also linked to Griezmann once he signed a new contract last year, a deal which dropped his buy-out fee significantly this summer.

However Barcelona secured an agreement with the Frenchman during the spring, according to Atletico who released an angry statement about the deal last week.


It was claimed the Catalans asked to delay paying the £108m, or to send it in instalments, but that suggestion was rejected.

During the saga, Griezmann dodged Atleti training and was spotted soaking up the sun in Ibiza alongside his wife, Erika.

But now, the deal is done and Griezmann is officially a Barcelona star, linking up with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a fearsome attacking line.

This post written by Dave Fraser originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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