Barcelona grab Griezmann after triggering buyout clause

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Barcelona's acquisition of Griezmann made him the sixth most expensive signing in history behind Ousmane Dembele, Joao Felix, Philippe Coutinho, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

"Griezmann, It's magnificent!", Barcelona said in a video on Twitter to announce their forward's arrival.

He signed a new five-year deal in June 2018 but announced in May he would be leaving the club this summer.

Despite struggling for club form, Barcelona will be encouraged by the Brazilian's performances for his country this summer, where he played a crucial role winning the nation's first Copa America title in 12 years.

The Spanish champions landed the ex-Atletico Madrid ace, 28, on Friday after activating his €120m release clause and signed him on a five-year deal.

The France attacker goes to Barca for the €120m buyout clause in his Atleti contract.

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"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 Barca colours with all my determination and commitment".

Now, they are contesting that because Barcelona came to terms with Griezmann months ago, which may have voided his contract, they are obligated to pay his release clause at that time, which was $225 million.

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

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Felix burst onto the scene last season, scoring 20 times and making 11 assists in all competitions for Benfica as they won the Primeira Liga and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. "Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behavior of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid".

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