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Friday, 12 July 2019

Official: Antoine Griezmann joins Barcelona

Antoine Griezmann will officially play for Barcelona next season after the Blaugrana paid his 120 million euro release clause, which was deposited at LaLiga‘s headquarters. The forward has agreed to a five-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2024, and his release clause is 800m euros.
Finally, the soap opera surroundingGriezmann has come to an end. One year ago, he turned down Barcelonain order to stay at Atletico Madridand have another attempt at winning the Champions League, which was being held at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, but the allure ofBarcelona was always there for him.
The decision to sign the Frenchman is one that has had a mixed response from the Azulgrana‘s supporters, particularly after the way in which he announced his decision to stay atAtletico in ‘The Decision’.
As part of his contract renewal withLos Rojiblancos last summer, his release clause increased to 200m euros, however from July 1 it dropped down to 120m euros, almost as if Atletico were aware that they would only keep the forward for one more season.
Rather than pay the 120m euro fee in one lump sum, the Catalans tried to negotiate with Atletico, but they could not come to an agreement.Barcelona were unwilling to part ways with Nelson Semedo, whileAtletico were adamant that they would not accept the Blaugrana‘s offer of paying in instalments, even though they were willing to pay 130m euros in total.

Guaranteed goals

Griezmann arrives at the Camp Nouwith a plethora of experience inLaLiga Santander, the Champions League and at international level. He scored goals at both Real Sociedadand Atletico, mainly with the latter, as he averaged 20 goals per season. The 28-year-old has the quality to affect matches and that is an asset that Barcelona need, especially as they look to lighten the load onLionel Messi‘s back.
In addition, Griezmann joins as a player that Ernesto Valverde has always wanted at the club. He askedBarcelona to get the deal done last summer, and one year later he has his man.

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