Atlético Madrid will seize FIFA to challenge the amount of the release clause of 120 million euros, paid Friday by FC Barcelona for the transfer of Antoine Griezmann, said Saturday the Spanish media.
The intention of the club is to obtain a “sanction for FC Barcelona and now also for the footballer,” writes the press.
Atlético had already seized FIFA in the winter of 2017 in a previous attempt by Barca to recruit the French international, recalls spanish media.
The Madrid club said in a statement that it was “obvious that the agreement between the player and FC Barcelona was concluded before the clause is reduced from 200 to 120 million euros”, July 1 latest.
They therefore consider “insufficient” the quantity deposited Friday in the Spanish League by a lawyer of the French and “thinks that the rupture of the contract occurred before the end of the season because of facts, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player”.
The club, with which Griezmann was in principle bound until 2023, has therefore “initiated for this purpose procedures that he considers appropriate for the defense of his rights and his legitimate interests,” they said, without further details.