Barcelona confirm $135 mln signing of World Cup-winner Antoine Griezmann

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Barcelona announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann on Friday for 120 million euros ($135 million), sparking a furious reaction from Atletico Madrid over the amount the La Liga champions paid for the World Cup victor. His new contract includes a $900 million buyout clause.

After months of speculation and confirmation from Griezmann that he had made a decision to leave Atletico earlier this summer, his move to Barcelona was confirmed on Friday, but a legal wrangle may now begin between the two clubs.

Barcelona have reportedly shelled out the requisite €120 million release clause in his contract to the LFP.

Griezmann, 28, has been linked to Barcelona for years.

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ESPN FC first revealed in March that Griezmann was looking to leave Atletico. "It's been very hard for me to take this path, but I fell that it's what I need". They were incredible moments that I will always remember. He rejected an offer to join Barcelona in 2018.

Real Sociedad, Griezmann's former club, are in line to pocket €24m from the deal due to a 20% sell-on clause inserted when they sold him to Atletico in 2014.

The France World Cup victor has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan club, with a buyout clause of €800m, which will see him remain at the Nou Camp until 2024. The Brazilian's agent, Kia Joorabchian, met with the club on Wednesday and says he was categorically told by its president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, that Coutinho's future remained at the Nou Camp and he was not considering selling him.

"Atletico believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season and therefore has initiated procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests". His presentation events can be watched on FCBarcelona.com and on Barca TV.

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