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Antoine Griezmann’s transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona could be blocked by LaLiga, says league president Javier Tebas

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Antoine Griezmann’s £108million Barcelona move could be blocked due to the ongoing argument over his transfer fee.

Atletico Madrid submitted an official complaint regarding the deal when the Blaugrana announced Griezmann’s signing after activating his release clause.

Antoine Griezmann’s transfer is being disputed
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This announcement for a €120million (£108million) switch came on July 12, but Atleti claim the deal was in fact done before July 1 – the day on which the attacker’s release clause dropped from €200million to €120million.

Therefore, they want an extra €80million (£72million) from Barcelona and have contacted LaLiga in an attempt to secure this money.

“It is possible to block a player’s transfer,” LaLiga president Javier Tebas told Onda Cero.

“La Liga will have to decide what course of action to take.

Atletico Madrid are demanding £72million more than they have been paid
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“[Atletico] submitted a complaint and put in doubt whether we should pass Griezmann’s licence to Barcelona.

“There’s a process that has been put in motion and those overseeing it will have to come to resolve the case.”

On July 23, Griezmann made his debut for Barca in a 2-1 pre-season defeat to Chelsea.

Atletico’s initial statement on the matter read: “Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract linking the player with Atlético Madrid, with Fútbol Club Barcelona having deposited the sum of €120million euros in the name and on behalf of the footballer.


“Atlético Madrid considers that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its termination clause, since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and FC Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from €200million euros to €120million.

“It was also prior to the date on which the clause was amended the communication that the player made on 14 May announcing his disassociation from the club.

“Atlético Madrid believes that the termination of the contract took place before the end of last season for facts, acts and demonstrations made by the player and therefore has already initiated the procedures it has considered appropriate for the defence of their rights and legitimate interests.”



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