Barcelona close €20 million + €4 million sale of out-of-favour forward

According to SPORT, the agreement between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the permanent transfer of Antoine Griezmann has now been officially completed.

The two clubs had been at loggerheads over the €40 million permanent transfer obligation for months now, so much so that Atletico had resorted to using the star forward for less than 30 minutes per game to exploit a loophole in the agreement and avoid paying the fee.

Having initially considered legal action against their La Liga rivals, Barcelona reneged on the move and instead began negotiations with Atleti to reach a compromise on the transfer fee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

Finally, earlier this week, the two clubs reached an agreement over a fee of around €20 million plus add-ons, with Griezmann poised to sign a contract with the Rojiblancos until 2027.

Now, SPORT is reporting that the deal has been officially closed, even though there is no announcement from either club about the transfer.

As per the report, Barcelona will receive a payment of €20 million in fixed fees plus another €4 million in variables to part ways with Griezmann permanently.

The 31-year-old had joined the Catalans in 2019, arriving on a massive fee of around €120 million. He never really got going at Spotify Camp Nou, though, struggling to make the kind of impact expected of him.

Having fallen out of favour, Griezmann returned to Atletico last year on loan. He took a huge pay cut to secure a move back to his old stomping ground. Now, the Frenchman is reported to have agreed to another salary reduction to make his permanent transfer feasible for the Colchoneros.

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