In one of the worst-kept transfer secrets in recent years, Barcelona have finally confirmed the signing of Antoine Griezmann.
The 28-year-old announced last month he would leave Atletico this summer after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.
The France international arrives from fellow LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid in a deal worth €120million, which is the release clause in his contract.
Recent reports had claimed that Manchester United had not given up hope of luring the France star to Old Trafford, despite strong rumours that a Nou Camp switch was nailed on.
The 28-year-old forward will sign a five-year contract that ties him to Nou Camp until June 30, 2024.
Griezmann’s contract with Barca will have a buyout clause of 800 million euros, the Spanish champions added in a statement.
“With his arrival at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman takes another step forward in his career with the goal of consolidating his place as one of the best players in the world,” Barcelona state.
Last month Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed he had known about the impending transfer since March.
Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille.
He joined Sociedad at the age of 14 and made his debut for the San Sebastian side aged 18.
As well as his World Cup success with France, he is also a Champions League and European Championship runner-up after Atletico and France fell at the final hurdle in those respective competitions in 2016.
Atleti later released a statement in which they said the sum received for Griezmann was “insufficient”, arguing that the deal had effectively been done before the player’s buyout clause dropped from 200m euros to 120m on July 1.
The Madrid club added they had “started procedures” to ensure they receive the amount they feel is owed to them.
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— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) July 12, 2019
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