Antoine Griezmann’s Barcelona move to be investigated

According to reports, Antoine Griezmann’s controversial move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona this summer will be investigated by the Spanish Football Federation.

It can be recalled that the French striker made the move to the Camp Nou this week.

The Catalan giants claim to have activated the clause in Griezmann’s contract which allowed him to make a move away from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth €120million from July 1.

However, Atletico Madrid insist that Barcelona began negotiations for Griezmann as far back as March, meaning that they still owe an additional €80m as a result of a previous clause in his contract.

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Regardless, both clubs are yet to make any official complaints on the issue. However, reports in Spain claim that the Football Federation has opened a file on the move.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have stated that they did nothing wrong, and this was reiterated by club president Josep Bartomeu. He said:

“I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything.

“I understand everyone defends their interests and I’ve spoken to [Enrique] Cerezo [Atletico president], but I don’t see that the case can evolve in a positive way for them. There’s nothing.

“We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March.”

Atletico Madrid have since replaced Griezmann with Joao Felix who joined from Benfica in a deal worth €130m. They beat off competitions from Manchester City and other clubs to land the youngster.

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