Griezmann announces departure
The story surrounding the future of Atletico star man Griezmann has been one of the talking points of the summer transfer window so far.
On the back of rumours that Barcelona were ready to reignite their pursuit of the Frenchman this summer, after missing out on his signature this time last year, both Griezmann and Atletico confirmed that the former had signalled his intent to seek a new challenge
‘It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you very much for everything. I will take you in my heart.’
Atlético de Madrid
This led to immediate claims that Barca were ready to trigger the Frenchman’s release clause:
Barcelona are now ready to pay €125M release clause for Antoine Griezmann. Talks ongoing with the player about the contract (5 years)
However, while developments towards a deal being completed had since been expected, progress has been almost non-existent.
In fact, Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently went as far as to
claim that talks between the Spanish champions and Griezmann had not even begun:
‘We’ve always said it. We’ve never spoken to him. There’s nothing. We’re already seeing how the market is growing these days and weeks.’
This came despite Atletico CEO Gil Marin having previously definitively
stated that the Rojiblancos’ standout would eventually make the move to the Camp Nou:
‘I know exactly where he’s going to play. I’ve known since March. In Barcelona.’
Griezmann to Barca – the details
AS, though, have this afternoon moved to dispel any remaining doubts surrounding the situation.
The Spanish outlet have provided a definitive timetable regarding Griezmann’s Camp Nou switch, which reads as follows:
Either tomorrow or on Tuesday, Barcelona (via Griezmann’s representatives) will pay the Frenchman’s 120 million Euro Atletico release clause (as is customary in La Liga).
On Wednesday, the transfer will finally be made official.
Thursday will see Griezmann arrive in Barcelona, before his presentation at the Camp Nou takes place on Friday.
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