The Catalans are bound to activate his €120m release clause in the summer as both parties have reached a verbal agreement that will make the Frenchman Barcelona’s newest star.
Josep Maria Bartomeu has been trying to get Griezmann on board for quite some time and while the World Cup winner was always loyal to Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid, their struggles in the UEFA Champions League have finally opened up the door for him to try his luck with the Catalans.
According to Euro United, Griezmann may even have to take a pay cut in order to complete his dream move to Barcelona, something he’d joyfully agree if that translates into European success with the Spanish giants. Also, he’s earning around €20m per year with the Colchoneros, a wage Bartomeu is reluctant to match.
Griezmann was determined to lead his Atletico Madrid to yet another UCL Final, but Cristiano Ronaldo was their biggest nightmare was again and completely turned around the tables with a tremendous hat-trick that carried Juventus past the Colchoneros after securing a 2-0 advantage in the first leg of the Round of 16.
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The winger is one of the most talented players in the world and his ability to play on either flank of the pitch will come quite handy at Camp Nou, as his versatility will help open up a lot of space next to Lio Messi and Luis Suarez.
Moreover, signing him will pretty much open up the door for both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to leave, as they’ve both failed to live up to the expectations since completing big-money moves to join the Spanish champions.