La Liga Champions Barcelona may see their purchase of World Cup winning striker Antoine Griezmann from rivals Atletico Madrid blocked due to a row over the fee says La Liga president Javier Tebas.
The Madrid club have complained Barcelona announced they had signed the French star on July 12thin turn activating his 120m euro (£107m) buy out clause. Their issue was that the same clause had as recently as July 1st dropped by 80m euros from its original 200m euros and that the deal had been done before hand but not announced untill after the July 1st deadline. Thus, meaning they were due the higher fee.
Speaking to Onda Cero Tebas confirmed;
“It is possible to block a player's transfer; La Liga will have to decide what course of action to take.”
“[Atletico] submitted a complaint and put in doubt whether we should pass Griezmann's licence to Barcelona. There's a process that has been put in motion and those overseeing it will have to come to resolve the case.”
To add to Atletico’s case, they have already reported the Spainish Champions for a reported alleged illegal approach for Griezmann in December 2017 and it is believed the player himself decided against the move 12 months ago, deciding to remain in the Spanish Capital. However, Atletico claim that Barcelona officials again entered in to talks with the player again last March which they say was “disrespectful.”
Ironically the player has already made his debut for the Catalonian side in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Premier League side Chelsea in Japan as part of their preseason tour.