Back on May 14th, Griezmann released a video announcing he would be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer.
.@AntoGriezmann: “Han sido cinco años increíbles; muchas gracias por todo, os llevo en el corazón”. pic.twitter.com/9XorY05u1T
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019
Atletico’s president then claimed in June that he knew Griezmann would be moving to Barcelona this summer:
“I am very certain where Antoine will play, we have known since March.
“It is in Barcelona.” As quoted by Goal.
Despite all of this, Griezmann is still currently an Atletico Madrid player.
In total, Griezmann has featured in 257 games across all competitions for Atletico, in which he has scored 133 and assisted 50.
The Frenchman has also helped Atletico win the Europe League, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Deportivo Alaves at Wanda Metropolitano on December 8, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Barca deny paying release clause
Now, on Thursday, French outlet L’Equipe have published a report claiming that Barcelona have paid Griezmann’s release clause.
L’Equipe put the forward’s clause at €120m.
Les dirigeants catalans ont versé 120 M€ pour libérer Antoine Griezmann de son contrat avec l’Atlético de Madrid > https://t.co/CXKUcHMw5h pic.twitter.com/oXo13Crj9b
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) July 11, 2019
However, Spanish outlet SPORT have since reported that this is not the case.
According to SPORT, sources close to Barcelona have denied the story published by L’Equipe.
Barcelona are still said to be working on the deal for Griezmann, which they hope to announce soon, as per SPORT.
Mundo Deportivo also backed SPORT’s claim that Barca have yet to pay the release clause.
Sin novedad sobre Griezmann.
Como ha avanzado hoy MD, el Barça tiene previsto pagar mañana la cláusula de Griezmann.
Fuentes del club niegan que se haya hecho el pago esta tarde, como ha publicado el diario L’Équipe https://t.co/XVKdTTyN9H pic.twitter.com/AZhc8TflUD
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) July 11, 2019
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