Atletico will take Griezmann grievance to Federation Internationale de Football Association


Coutinho has struggled to live up to his billing as Barcelona's most expensive player since joining the club in January past year, from Liverpool.

The arrival of Antoine Griezmann at Barca has also put a dampener on Coutinho's time in Spain, as it is being reported that the Frenchman will wear the number seven shirt, which belonged to Coutinho last season.

Barcelona's acquisition of Griezmann made him the sixth most expensive signing in history behind Ousmane Dembele, Joao Felix, Philippe Coutinho, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Cerezo, the club president, said the La Liga outfit had proof that Griezmann and Barcelona negotiated early and planned to request a greater fee.

Atletico have said that Barca had an agreement with Griezmann before his release clause dropped to €120 million on 1st June, and hence they will need to pay the prior clause which was €200 million.

Griezmann to Barcelona has been in the making for around a year now.

"I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges", Griezmann told the Atletico website.

Griezmann's new contract contains a buyout clause of 800m euros (£733m), the Spanish champions added in a statement. I'll defend the Barça colours with all my determination and commitment.

Griezmann announced in May he would not return to Atletico amid renewed speculation Barcelona was his destination.

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.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup victor, Griezmann, 28, scored 185 goals in 459 club appearances.

The Reds won the Champions League last season thanks to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the European showpiece in Madrid.