Barcelona grab Griezmann after triggering buyout clause

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France forward Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona from Atletico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120 million euro (£107.6m) buyout fee. The France forward, 28, will sign a five-year contract which ties him to Barca until June 30, 2024. Griezmann’s new contract contains a buyout clause of 800m euros (£733m), the Spanish champions added in a statement. You were waiting for this. pic.twitter.com/vVR0Prmy0b — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2019 “With his arrival at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman takes another step forward in his career with the goal of consolidating his place as one of the best players in the world,” the Spanish league champions said in a statement. Griezmann had announced in May he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital. . @AntoGriezmann: “These five years have been incredible. Thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart.” pic.twitter.com/uz1jwQj1Sg — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 14, 2019 Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the 2018 World Cup winner. Last month Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed he had known about the impending transfer since March. Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille. Topics Antoine Griezmann, Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann returns to Atletico Madrid with bizarre new hairstyle Griezmann: Wanda Metropolitano best stadium I’ve played in Antoine Griezmann nets quite brilliant bicycle kick for Atletico Madrid Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player and that’s all, says Cerezo Benfica defender scouted by Manchester United as negotiations begin Dick Law explains why Arsenal decided against signing a young Eden Hazard Tottenham make stunning €30 million bid to hijack Arsenal’s William Saliba deal EFL Trophy group stage fixtures announced Manchester United throw cold water on speculation linking them with Premier League midfielder Ranked! The 10 best centre-backs in the world Forbes have revealed the world’s most valuable football clubs – and Premier League dominates Juan Mata rejected insane offer to stay at Manchester United – report Highest-paid footballers revealed by Forbes as Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar feature Wolves’ ambitious owners understand they can’t match the Big Six – and that’s why they might actually break it

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