Griezmann transfer rumors: Barcelona pays $135M release clause for Atletico Madrid star; announcement to follow
The French forward may finally be getting his move to the Camp Nou
Barcelona's pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann looks to be progressing. According to L'Equipe, Barcelona paid the €120 million release clause for the player on Thursday. That translates to approximately $135 million. Earlier on Thursday, Marca reported that Griezmann's representatives were expected to pay the clause at La Liga headquarters on Friday, freeing up his move to the Camp Nou. There has been some delay on a move that was expected to materialize a bit earlier.
Griezmann announced his intention to move away from Atletico after this past season, with the expectation being that Barca would be his destination. Atletico released a statement last week, criticizing the player for negotiating a deal with Barcelona in March and failing to show up to training while still under contract, awaiting the move. Once the release clause is paid, Barca is free to sign Griezmann.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the delay in getting the deal done has been a product of various steps that still needed to be completed. Barcelona has said, despite some reports, it has nothing to do with requesting money from a credit institution to finance the move.
Per Atletico's statement, Griezmann's release clause dropped from €200 million to €120 million on July 1, which played a role in Barcelona waiting to get this deal done in order to save some money. Signing Griezmann would likely mean Barca's attack would be him, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi this season. The club is stillas well.
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