Barcelona have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The French international had a 120 million euro release which the Camp Nou side are believed to have triggered.
It had been expected to be a straightforward summer switch. Back in May, Griezmann announced he would be seeking a new challenge away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
The La Liga champions had courted his signature the summer prior. Everything appeared set in stone.
Until Neymar became available and Barcelona showed interest in re-signing a player they let go two years ago under controversial clouds.
You were waiting for this.
All is now settled as the Spanish giants shelve their Neymar plans to complete the Griezmann deal.
Griezmann puts an end to his five-year stay at Atletico – a team he joined from Real Sociedad – to pen another five-year contract with Barcelona.
The France international made 257 appearances for Atletico, winning the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup in 2018.