Barcelona sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona 'will pay clause on Friday', lawyer will do it - Announcement to follow soon after

The 28-year-old France forward will sign a five-year contract that ties him to Nou Camp until June 30, 2024.

However, Atletico say they want 200-million as it was clear Griezmann and Barca had reached a deal before his release clause was slashed by 80-million.

Atletico Madrid's World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann is nearing a transfer to Barcelona, according to reports on Thursday in his native France and in Spain.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ victor Antoine Griezmann has completed a major move from Atletico Madrid to La Liga rivals and reigning champions Barcelona.

That said, Barcelona revealed the France superstar as one of their own after triggering his €120 million (R1.9 billion) release clause on Friday afternoon.

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The Madrid based side want their La Liga rivals to pay the original transfer clause on the forward's contract because they believe an agreement was in place before July 1st.

"It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player on May 14 announced his disassociation from the club".

Griezmann was seemingly set to join Barca in the summer of 2018 only to confirm during a television documentary he was staying at Atletico.

Atletico Madrid have announced they have already "initiated the procedures" to contest the signing, effectively taking Barcelona to court.

"I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges", Griezmann told the Atletico website. I'll defend the Barça colors with all my determination and commitment. In the same year, he finished amongst the top three in the battle for the Ballon d'Or.He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016.

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