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Barca Pull Off Stunning Agreement With Atletico After Settling Griezmann Controversy

Following FC Barcelona's controversial purchase of Antoine Griezmann earlier this year, the Spanish champions have reached a shock agreement with Atletico Madrid, one that could significantly weaken Diego Simeone's side in years to come.

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Before the LaLiga champions and Los Rojiblancos had agreed terms over a transfer for the Frenchman, the player himself revealed that a move was on the cards. 

This was believed to upset Atletico, who then became suspicious that the 28-year-old and the Catalan club had already been in talks for some months, which is considered illegal, according to FIFA's "tapping-up" rules. 

Griezmann's release clause of €200 million (R3.2 billion) was understood to have dropped to €120 million (R1.9 billion) as of July 2019, the same month he completed his transfer to the Blaugrana, who were accused of trying to get around paying his original buyout fee. 

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Atletico's angry chiefs then reportedly demanded that Barca pay the other €80 million (R1.3 billion) as they claimed to have proof their LaLiga rivals had been in contact with the player long before the 2018/19 season ended. 

Now, months after the transfer debacle, Mundo Deportivo has reported that the two clubs have reached a settlement fee of €15 million (R244 million), although it is one that comes with strings attached. 

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As per the report, as part of the deal, the Catalan giants are now believed to have first refusal on five Atletico players, including two first-team stars in Saul Niguez and Jose Gimenez. The other three players are believed to be in Los Rojiblancos' youth teams. 

Why do you think Atletico would agree to this settlement deal? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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