FC Barcelona will sign former Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann after paying for his launch clause Friday. His new contract contains a $900 million buyout clause.
Barcelona paid $135.1 million to pry Griezmann away from the rival La Liga membership. He will sign a five-year contract with Barcelona. Griezmann’s new deal runs through June 30, 2024.
Griezmann, 28, has been linked to Barcelona for years. He launched his departure from Atletico in May.
“I wanted to tell you that I’ve made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges,” Griezmann instructed the Atletico website. “It’s been very exhausting for me to take this path, nevertheless, I fell that it’s what I would love.
“I wished to thanks for all of the love you have given me in these 5 years, by which I’ve gained my first necessary trophies with a membership. They had been unimaginable moments that I’ll at all times keep in mind. The reality is you are in my coronary heart.”
Griezmann scored 133 goals in 256 video games at Atletico. He rejected a suggestion to be part of Barcelona in 2018. The French soccer star began his senior occupation in 2009 with Real Sociedad, sooner than changing into a member of Atletico in 2014.
He moreover terminated his contract with Atletico on Friday.
“Atlético de Madrid considers that the deposited quantity is inadequate to cowl his buyout clause since it’s apparent that the settlement between the participant and FC Barcelona was closed earlier than the clause was diminished from 200 million euros to 120 euros,” Atletico talked about in a data launch.
“It was moreover prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the participant made on May 14 saying his disassociation from the membership.
“Atlético 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.”
Griezmann will arrive on Saturday in Barcelona. He will sign his contract on Sunday. His presentation events may be watched on FCBarcelona.com and on Barca TV.