Barcelona on Friday triggered the €120 million release clause to sign France international Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann has signed a five-year contract at the club, which will run until June 20 2024.
The 28-year-old’s new deal comes with a release clause of €800 million.
After announcing the signing, the Catalans released the above video on their social media platforms with the caption “Life is all about second chances.”
It’s thought that the video could be an attempt to get the Barcelona fans on his side after his theatrics last summer when he released a documentary to announce his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid and angered Blaugrana supporters in the process.
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes the signing of Neymar is very complicated and unlikely to materialise.
Ever since news of the Brazilian’s uneasiness at Paris Saint-Germain surfaced, speculation of a possible return to the Catalan side has risen.
Before the €222 million move to PSG, Neymar had already showed what he could do at Barcelona, playing a pivotal role in their second treble. Xavi believes he has a lot to offer if a potential return comes to fruition. The Spaniard did admit that signing the Brazilian could be very complicated though.
“He would be an incredible signing,” Xavi told Movistar, according to Goal.
“But I see it as being difficult, honestly. I think it’s very difficult.
“We have seen so many things that I thought I’d never see though, such as PSG paying €222 million, so we’ll have to wait.
“There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s see what Barcelona do.”
Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona from Atletico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his €120 million buyout fee.
The 28-year-old France forward will sign a five-year contract that ties him to Nou Camp until June 30, 2024.
Griezmann’s contract with Barca will have a buyout clause of €800m, the Spanish champions added in a statement.
“With his arrival at FC Barcelona, the Frenchman takes another step forward in his career with the goal of consolidating his place as one of the best players in the world,” the Spanish league champions said.
Griezmann had announced in May he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after spending five seasons in the Spanish capital.
Barcelona have long been linked with a move for the 2018 World Cup winner.
Last month Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed he had known about the impending transfer since March.
Griezmann moved to Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped the club win the Europa League in 2018, scoring twice in the final against Marseille.
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