Reports: Barca Tell Atletico They'll Pay Griezmann's 100m Release Clause
Reports: FC Barcelona Tell Atletico Madrid They'll Pay Griezmann's 100m Release Clause
FC Barcelona have reportedly told Atletico Madrid they will activate Antoine Griezmann's €100 million release clause, which has led to the Rojiblancos releasing a furious statement about the Blaugrana's transfer tactics.
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The Catalan giants are apparently prepared to make Griezmann the third most expensive signing in their history, and have "informed" their LaLiga rivals of their intentions, according to Cadena Copa and as cited by Sport.
Griezmann is reportedly keen on joining the LaLiga champions, but his club seems fed up with Barca's transfer dealings just days ahead of their UEFA Europa League final against Olympique Marseille.
In response to the news that Barca told them they will activate Griezmann's €100 million (R1.49 billion) release clause, Rojiblancos chairman Miguel Angel Gil Marin has demanded respect for his club.
"We're fed up with Barcelona's attitude," a statement on Atletico's official website read.
"That a president, player and a board member speak the way they've done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a European final, is an absolute lack of respect towards Atletico Madrid and its fans.
"Atletico de Madrid's stance is very clear and has been made public on numerous occasions. Not once have we negotiated for Griezmann nor do we have any intention to do so. A few months ago, I personally expressed to Barcelona's president that our player isn't for sale nor are we going to sell him.
"At the same time, I let him know that his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially since we've been competing for the league title throughout the season and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most relevant players from our squad.
"I also told him in that moment, that in the chance the player exercised his right to nullify his contract due to their pressure throughout the season that Atletico de Madrid would demand Barcelona compensation for their inappropriate behaviour.
"Enough is enough. I hope this statement serves its purpose and that us Atletico fans can enjoy this moment and prepare ourselves for a final like we should."
Griezmann has scored 27 goals and assisted another 14 strikes in 46 appearances for Atletico so far this season, with four goals and four of his assists coming in the Europa League,
Atletico will face Marseille in the 2018 Europa League final on 16 May in Lyon, France.
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