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Barcelona have signed France forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying his 120m euro (£107m) buyout clause.

The 28-year-old Griezmann is expected to sign a five-year contract with the club that will include $900 million release clause.

To stop the Catalans from moving forward with yet another blockbuster deal, the report suggests that the Presidential duo could be meeting to hatch a plan to stop that from happening, while also discussing future prospects of business.

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The France worldwide becomes Barca's third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Frenkie de Jong and Neto.

"Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that links the player with Atletico de Madrid, with FC Barcelona having deposited the sum of €120 million in the name and on behalf of the footballer", Atletico Madrid said in a statement. The two clubs met in Madrid last Thursday, but it quickly became apparent that Atletico would not accept a payment plan.

Will Griezmann be a hit at Barcelona? He didn't and was subsequently fined. Atletico claim they are due €80m more, because they feel the agreement between Barcelona and Griezmann predates the reduction in the buyout clause.

After Barcelona made the payment of Griezmann's clause public, Atlético issued a press release in which it showed its disagreement, understanding that the negotiation had taken place before the Frenchman's 200 million clause had been was lowered.

Antoinne Griezmann's departure to Barcelona might leave a crater-sized hole in Atletico Madrid's lineup.

Griezmann had announced in May he would be leaving Atletico Madrid.

He rejected an offer from Barcelona previous year and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.

Following an internal debate, though, with Bartomeu and coach Ernesto Valverde both advocates for the signing, they chose to reactivate their interest in him.

'It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on 14 May announcing his disassociation from the club'.

Despite a whirlwind of interest in the player following his role in France's World Cup 2018 win nearly exactly a year ago, when the player scored a penalty during a 4-2 win against Croatia in the final in Moscow, Greizmann saw out another season in Madrid.

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