Barcelona Follows a report from L’Equipe
It had been reported that Barcelona have paid Antoine Griezmann‘s 120 million euro release clause through a bank transfer, which would mean that it would not be until Friday that the payment is received, but both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have denied that this is the case.
The way in which this is known to be false is because the procedure requires a person to physically deposit the money at LaLiga‘s headquarters and at that moment the club’s owner is notified. Instead, it will be done on Friday.
The information about Griezmann‘s release clause being deposited via a bank transfer came from the French newspaper L’Equipe, who have stated some details about the unsuccessful negotiations between Atletico and Barcelona.
The talks began with Los Rojiblancos asking for Nelson Semedo as part of the deal, which the Catalans rejected. Atletico then turned down Barcelona‘s proposal as they offered to pay 130 million euros, but in deferred payments. It was the latter offer that caused Atletico to publish a statement last Friday where they were critical of Barcelona and Griezmann.
The 28-year-old will therefore be able to sign his contract on Friday, which will be for five years, and it will then be up to the club to decide when he is presented, whether it’s on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, but it will be a presentation without any fans in attendance.
Barcelona want to pay the release clause before the end of the week in order for Griezmann to be sign his contract and be presented, with Ernesto Valverde‘s squad returning for medical examinations on Sunday. The first training session will take place on Monday, where Griezmann should be able to join his new teammates for the first time.