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Antoine Griezmann: FC Barcelona sign French striker for €120 million

13 July, 2019, 17:56 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The Spanish champions landed the ex-Atletico Madrid ace, 28, on Friday after activating his €120m release clause and signed him on a five-year deal.

Griezmann is the third high-profile player to leave Atletico this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin left to join Inter Milan after his contract expired.

"When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don't come around just once", Griezmann said in a video posted on the Barcelona website on Friday.

"Now it's time to take on the challenge of a new destination".

"Atletico believes that the amount deposited is insufficient since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros". His new contract includes a $900 million buyout clause.

Antoinne Griezmann's departure to Barcelona might leave a crater-sized hole in Atletico Madrid's lineup.

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Before joining Atletico Madrid in July 2014, Griezmann had played for another Spanish club, Real Sociedad.

He won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 when France were beaten in the final on home soil by Portugal before helping to guide his country to World Cup glory in Russian Federation previous year.

There are also suggestions that Griezmann's arrival could put the Barcelona future of Luis Suarez in doubt, with Neymar also pushing to complete his return to the club from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The four aforementioned players do not have the full confidence of Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.

It was his lowest-scoring league campaign since the 2012-13 season and his lowest in Atletico colours, with Griezmann only managing 15 goals in La Liga, with 8 assists to his name.

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