Barcelona Sign Antoine Griezmann

Carrie Guzman
July 13, 2019

Barcelona, which won La Liga last season by nine points, has strengthened itself at the expense of second-placed Atletico Madrid by signing its leading scorer in each of the last five campaigns.

The France worldwide becomes Barca's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Neto.

He becomes Barcelona's third signing of the summer following their £60m capture of Frankie de Jong from Ajax while right-back Emerson joined from Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

Griezmann, 28, is expected to arrive in Barcelona over the weekend, where he will pen a five-year contract with the Spanish champions before joining preseason training next week.

Barcelona announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann on Friday for 120 million euros ($135 million), sparking a furious reaction from Atletico Madrid over the amount the La Liga champions paid for the World Cup victor. Atletico claim they are due €80m more, because they feel the agreement between Barcelona and Griezmann predates the reduction in the buyout clause.

It is reported that Real Sociedad, the club at which Griezmann began his career, have made €24 million from the move as part of a re-sale clause.

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He rejected an offer from Barcelona a year ago and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.

However, Atletico Madrid have now announced they will contest the signing.

"They've made a great signing", Cerezo confessed.

That decision lasted just one year, as Griezmann announced before the conclusion of the La Liga campaign that he would leave the club at the end of the season before completing his move to Barcelona on Friday.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup victor, Griezmann, 28, scored 185 goals in 459 club appearances.

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