Atletico Madrid have denounced Barcelona ’s £107m (€120m) signing of Antoine Griezmann, claiming they they are due £179m (€200m) for the player.
The La Liga champions have already announced the arrival of the France forward on their website and across social channels
The 28-year-old has penned a five-year contract at the Nou Camp until 2024, with a new release clause inserted, this time at €800 million.
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Yet Atletico believe that negotiations took place well in advance of the fee to release the player dropping and therefore feel entitled to the higher amount.
They claim the player made an agreement to join Barcelona before July, when the buyout clause was still set at €200m, and have announced their intention to take the Spanish champions to court.
A statement read:
“Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that binds the player with Atlético de Madrid, having deposited Fútbol Club Barcelona in the name and on behalf of the player the amount of 120 million euros.
“Atlético de 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 he has already started the procedures he considered appropriate for the defense of his rights and interests legitimate.
Reports additionally understands that Phillipe Coutinho may be stripped off his Number 7 Jersey following the Arrival of Greizmann.