Barcelona grab Griezmann after triggering buyout clause

Antoine Griezmann waves goodbye to Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann waves goodbye to Atletico Madrid Credit getty images

The agent again spoke publicly, in this case to "RMC", and made sure to harshly criticize Barcelona's management for their ongoing transfer practices.

Barcelona have signed France forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying his 120m euro (£107m) buyout clause.

The move signaled the end of the epic Twitter thread - which was acknowledged by Griezmann and Barcelona when they completed the deal.

Griezmann had announced in May he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.

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

"When I was a boy, my dad taught me that trains don't come around just once", said Griezmann.

"Here I have new challenges, new targets and hopefully I can do it in the best possible way". Finally, our paths cross.

It was heavily suspected that the French forward would leave Atletico after the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he scored in the final and came home with a winners' medal.

Griezmann has spent the last 14 years working up through the ranks in Spain, initially making a name for himself at Real Sociedad alongside former Arsenal winger Carlos Vela. The president told me the same thing, that he had no intention of selling the player to any club. "Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behavior of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid".

With Victor Lindelof now linked with a move to Barcelona, ESPN FC's Sid Lowe wonders if the Catalan giants are waving the white flag on their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt.

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

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