A signing that’s been two years in the making, Antoine Griezmann is, at last, a Barcelona player. Being one of the candidates to replace Brazilian superstar Neymar back in 2017, Barcelona decided to sign Ousmane Dembele instead. Last summer, all rumors pointed towards Griezmann joining Barca but he turned down a move to Camp Nou in a controversial documentary.
The 28-year-old has signed a five-year contract with Barcelona and has been given a bizarre €800 million release clause. The signing will cost Barcelona €120 million, which is Griezmann’s new release clause which came into effect on July 1st due to the players own request.
The Frenchman, who in principle agreed with Barca in March, was asked to film a video explaining his decision to the Atletico fans.
Griezmann was briefly linked to Bayern Munich, after his transfer was seemingly caught in a limbo. Now it is official he will play for the Blaugrana, and their fans have sure been waiting.
Griezmann confirmed alongside with Neymar being rumored to make a comeback, questions have to be asked whether Barcelona needs to sell either Bayern-linked Ousmane Dembele, Malcom or Philippe Coutinho. Considering the colossal amounts for Griezmann’s and potentially Neymar, it would make sense if Barcelona has already decided to let go of one or two players.
Could this mean that Dembele is on his way out? Well, considering that Barcelona won’t bench Griezmann, Messi or Suarez, it would make sense that Dembele could leave. Griezmann can play on the left-wing and his arrival only makes Dembele’s chances of continuous playing time lower. If Neymar joins, they would almost have to sell Dembele, as Neymar’s main position is left-wing. Whether Dembele will join Bayern, is another question.
The question now is, will there be a follow-up domino effect?
Could this transfer get more complicated? Atletico is now refusing to end Griezmann’s contract. Why? They argue that the transfer was clearly agreed when the fee was €200 million. Griezmann’s contract clause was €200 million before the 1st of July, when it got reduced to €120 million. As mentioned above, this transfer has been in the making for a while. The story will, of course, be continued.
You can read Atletico’s statement here!