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Atletico Madrid lodge formal complaint over Griezmann sale

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Atletico Madrid have formally launched a complaint to La Liga over Barcelona’s €120m signing of star player Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico are demanding another €80m from Barcelona after the Catalan giants activated  Griezmann’s buy-out clause of €120m last week to sign him on a five-year contract.

The France international’s lawyer, Sevan Karian, arrived at La Liga’s headquarters in Madrid to deposit the release clause. Within a matter of hours, Barcelona broke the news that the deal was done and dusted.

But Atletico president Enrique Cerezo announced last weekend that they have evidence proving that Griezmann agreed on personal terms with Barcelona in mid-February, which was when his buy-out clause was still €200m.

Although Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu denied Cerezo’s version of events and claimed talks with Atletico only began on July 4 – three days after Griezmann’s clause plummeted to €120m.

Now ESPN sources at the Wanda Metropolitano claim Atletico remain convinced they have a case and have formally complained to La Liga.

Possibly aiding their case is the fact the Spanish Football Federation claim they couldn’t confirm whether Griezmann’s registration had been successfully transferred from Atletico to Barcelona.

However, it’s understood FIFA will not be involved despite claims in the local press suggesting otherwise.

The Spanish authorities will then likely take on the Griezmann case. Should they be unable to resolve the situation, though, then the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could step in.

Meanwhile, Griezmann has begun pre-season training at Barcelona with his new team-mates and could debut in Japan on Tuesday against Chelsea.

Ernesto Valverde’s side will then take on Vissel Kobe, who boast two Barcelona icons in Andres Iniesta and David Villa in their ranks, on July 27.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – JULY 15: Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona in action during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva of Sant Joan Despi on July 15, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)