OFFICIAL: Griezmann, Barcelona in trouble as Atletico threatens court case over transfer

Atletico Madrid has released an official statement demanding for more money from Barcelona in the deal that would see French World Cup winner, Antoine Griezmann leave the Wanda Metropolitano for the Camp Nou. The Madrid club is set to pursue legal action against Barcelona and the former player if their latest demands are not met.

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Griezmann released a video before the end of last season where he bid the fans and followers of Atletico Madrid farewell because a club would pay the release clause in his contract.

Barcelona had been heavily linked with the former Real Sociedad man and the club president of the Catalan giants confirmed their interest in the player. Griezmann’s release clause stood at EUR 200 million but was set to drop to EUR 120 million by the 1st of July 2019.

However, the 2018 Europa League champions have claimed that the actions and statements made by Griezmann before the payment of his transfer clause indicated that the player was already out of his contract before the end of last season and Barcelona would have to pay the EUR 200 million fee in full.

The statement reads: “Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that links the player with AtlĂ©tico de Madrid, with FĂştbol Club Barcelona having deposited the sum of 120 million euros in the name and on behalf of the footballer.”

“AtlĂ©tico 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 EUR 200 million to EUR 120 million.”

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on 14 May announcing his disassociation from the club.”

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“AtlĂ©tico de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season due to facts, acts and demonstrations made by the player, and therefore has already initiated the procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests.”

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Antoine Griezmann is one of the best players in the world. The striker comes to Barça after consolidating himself as one of the top footballers in La Liga after spells with Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid.

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Scouted at an early by Basque club Real Sociedad, he headed for San Sebastián in 2005 at the age of just 14 after beginning his career with local side Charnay-lès-Mâcon. In Doností he made his first team debut at the age of just 18 in 2009.

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Griezmann was one of the key figures in the return to the First Division of Real Sociedad a spell in the Second Division. In the Basque Country he played 202 games for the txuri urdin, scoring 52 goals. The Frenchman’s outstanding performances led to a €30 million move to Atlético in the summer of 2014.

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