Antoine Griezmann’s tenure with FC Barcelona couldn’t get off to a more rocky start, as Atletico Madrid’s officials are fueling a lot of controversies regarding his signing.
Thing is, the Blaugrana only agreed to them a €120 million fee for the Frenchman’s services, even though his release clause was originally set at €200 million.
Hence, Los Colchoneros have vowed to take legal actions against the Spanish champions, claiming the money was insufficient for the transfer, as per an official statement:
“Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, appeared at the headquarters of Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) to terminate the contract that bound the player to Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona having deposited the amount of €120 million on behalf of the player.
Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited to meet the termination clause is insufficient since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was reached before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.
It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player announced that he would be leaving the club (May 14).
Atletico Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that’s why we have already started the procedures we consider appropriate for the legitimate defense of our rights and interests”.
Griezmann’s situation was always a matter of controversies, as he had originally rejected Barcelona’s offer last season as he claimed he wanted to stay with Atletico, just to publicly state that he wanted out a year later.
Also, reports pointed towards several Barcelona players being kind of wary of his signing, and now he’ll have to put in a lot of work to prove that signing him was worthy of that much trouble.