Barcelona signing Griezmann: Sometimes the train comes around twice

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Former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann has signed for Barcelona.

In a statement, Barca revealed they had paid the 120 million euros to activate the Frenchman's release clause, adding he would sign a five-year deal that included a "buyout clause of 800 million euros".

Griezmann is the third high-profile player to leave Atletico this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin left to join Inter Milan after his contract expired.

Barcelona have yet to respond to Atletico's statement, but this disagreement was mentioned several weeks ago, as Griezmann confirmed he wanted to leave the Madrid club and move to the Nou Camp. The numbers BarcaTimes highlighted on Twitter, citing Opta, speak for themselves.

It remains to be seen how far Atletico will take their action against Barcelona over the Griezmann transfers, with talks between the club expected take place to try and resolve the dispute. PSG's director Leonardo said that the Brazil worldwide will be allowed to leave the club once an appropriate offer comes, but the club is expected to play hardball if Barcelona try to make a move for him.

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Atletico finished second in La Liga last season, nine points behind Griezmann's new club.

He was scouted by Basque club Real Sociedad at the age of 14.

Antoine Griezmann has dominated world football for the last four-five years now, holding his own in front of the indomitable duo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite a whirlwind of interest in the player following his role in France's World Cup 2018 win nearly exactly a year ago, when the player scored a penalty during a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final in Moscow, Greizmann saw out another season in Madrid.

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