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Atletico Madrid contest Antoine Griezmann’s Barcelona deal

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A furious Atletico Madrid claim they are owed more money from Barcelona after paying €120m to activate Antoine Griezmann’s release clause instead of €200m.

Barcelona finally completed the long-awaited transfer of Griezmann on a five-year contract on Friday. As part of the deal, the forward’s lawyer deposited the required €120m to activate his buyout clause from Atletico at La Liga’s headquarters in Madrid.

But Los Colchoneros are having none of it as they believe an agreement between Griezmann and Barcelona was struck before July 1 – which was when his release clause dropped from €200m to €120m.

Therefore, Atletico consider Barcelona’s payment on Friday insufficient as they are owed another €80m.

“Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, appeared at the headquarters of Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) to terminate the contract that bound the player to Atletico Madrid, with Barcelona having deposited the amount of €120 million on behalf of the player,” read a statement.

“Atletico Madrid believes that the amount deposited to meet the termination clause is insufficient, since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and Barcelona was reached before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified that the player announced that he would be leaving the club (May 14).

“Atletico Madrid believes that the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why we have already started the procedures we consider appropriate for the legitimate defence of our rights and interests.”

Just last week, Atletico revealed Griezmann and Barcelona had begun talks while they were still fighting in La Liga and the Champions League.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid warms up prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)