France star Griezmann joins Barcelona from Atletico

Published 9:20 a.m. ET July 12, 2019 | Updated 11:06 a.m. ET July 12, 2019

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has added a third star talent to its already world-class attack.

France forward Antoine Griezmann agreed to join the Spanish champions on Friday after Barcelona said it paid the buyout clause to free him from rival Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann will strengthen an attack led by Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez after agreeing to sign a five-year contract, the Spanish champions said. The 28-year-old Griezmann will most likely play on Barcelona’s left wing that has been vacant since the exit of Neymar two seasons ago.

Barcelona said it paid Atletico the 120 million euros ($134 million) to trigger his escape clause, and that his new buyout clause will be 800 million euros ($900 million).

Griezmann had a contract with Atletico until 2023 with a buyout clause of 200 million euros ($224 million), but the clause automatically fell to 120 million euros on July 1.

Atletico, however, said it will demand that Barcelona pay what it considers the full 200 million euros since “it is obvious the commitment between the player and the Football Club Barcelona predates the lowering…

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