Spain.- Antoine Griezmann will play for Barcelona next season. This has been announced by the blue-grain entity by means of a statement. The club that chairs Josep Maria Bartomeu pays the termination clause of the French player, which from 1 July became 120 million euros. Griezmann will be Barca player until June 2024, under the 5 years of contract he will sign.
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In this way, an brineur who had already come from afar is put to an end. Specifically, since last summer, when the Gaul already had it with the Azulgranas, but he recultivated to make one last attempt to win the Champions League with Atletico Madrid.
The decision and the commitment of Barca to take over Antoine’s services has weighed more than the suspicion with which fans and costumes saw the signing of the striker. His pumpkins last year to Barcelona, televised for the whole planet through the documentary ‘The Decision’, have not been enough to dynamit an operation that, in sports, should be good for the culés.
However, even once the withdrawal clause dropped to 120 million euros, the operation was easy. The Catalans tried to negotiate with Atletico Madrid so as not to have to pay the clause, but to agree to a transfer. The goal, to split the payment, to be able to put some player into the operation and have to pay less taxes.
However, Atletico did not want to know anything about negotiations and referred the Barcelonans to the termination clause stipulated in the Frenchman’s contract. Even publicly pleading their behavior with a harsh statement. The resigned culés had no choice but to pay the EUR 120 million envisaged in this case. The player was summoned to training but did not attend, rushing the days to look blue.
Griezmann’s solvency is more than proven. He has extensive experience in LaLiga. He has scored goals for Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid, averaging 20 goals per season. If he succeeds in getting into the Barcelona booth, his contribution can be decisive for the Catalans to give that leap of quality that they have lacked in recent seasons in order to conquer the Orejona.
In addition, it is a contract that comes with the endorsement of Ernesto Valverde. The Txingurri always wanted The atletico Madrid striker and asked the technical secretariat to execute his hiring if possible. A year later, he’s got the player he wanted.