Antoine Griezmann Barcelona record transfer could have a domino effect. Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Antoine Griezmann Barcelona record transfer could have a domino effect. Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Griezmann's Barca move one of the biggest in summer, more to follow

Time of article published Jul 13, 2019

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BERLIN/BARCELONA – Barcelona's capture of Antoine Griezmann is

one the biggest transfer so far in the summer window, and more is

likely to come in Spain and elsewhere in Europe.

Brazil's Neymar has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou from

Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt could be heading

to Juventus, Bayern Munich are keen to get Germany winger Leroy Sane

from Manchester City, and Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United is

also uncertain.

"One domino has to fall. Football Europe is waiting for this. Once

that has happened many transfers will follow," Bayern Munich chairman

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said earlier in the week.

Apart from Sane, Bayern are allegedly also interested in Ousmane

Dembele who Barca could sell because they also need substantial

income in order not to violate Financial Fair Play rules. Philippe

Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic are others who may be leaving.

Griezmann on Fiday became Barca's fourth big signing, following Ajax

midfielder Frenkie de Jong, goalkeeper Neto from Valencia and

defender Emerson from Brazil's Atletico-MG.

The Catalans have already spent more than 230 million euros (259

million dollars), and getting Neymar back would also require a

massive fee after they sold him to PSG for a world record 222 million

euros two years ago.

The Spanish champions paid Griezmann's 120 million euro release

clause to sign the French World Cup winning striker.

"Griezmann, signed at last," ran Mundo Deportivo's front page on

Saturday.

"Signed, now, yes!" read Diario Sport's, referring to Griezmann's

rejection of Barcelona last summer when he signed a new contract with

Atletico instead of moving to the Camp Nou.

AS's front page ran "Signed, but.", explaining that Atletico want 80

million more for Griezmann and will report Barcelona to FIFA and take

legal action to get the money.

Atletico published a statement on Friday saying Barcelona need to pay

200 million euros for the forward because they reached a deal with

him before his release clause dropped to 120 million on July 1.

Barcelona-based newspaper Diario Sport's director Ernest Folch hit

out against Atletico's behaviour.

"The border between contact, conversation and negotiation lacks

clarity and all teams use that ambiguity, including Atletico," wrote

Folch.

"Denouncing another team for something you do yourself is, at

minimum, ridiculous.

"But Atletico's posture apart from being hypocritical is also

impossible to prove, if they have no document that shows that."

Atletico have meanwhile also sold defender Lucas Hernandez for 80

million euros to Munich, Rodri to Manchester City for some 70 million

euros to Manchester City, while spending 126 million euros to get

Benfica's teenaged forward Felix.

Not to be outdone, Real Madrid have signed Belgium star Eden Hazard

from Chelsea for some 100 million euros plus add-ons, spent more than

60 million euros on Eintracht Frankfurt's Serbia forward Luka Jovic,

and a similar amount in Lyon's Ferland Mendy, among others.

Rummenigge said that sums in the region of 100 million euros are

quite normal these days, and further big deals are also expected to

be made by the rich English Premier League clubs.

Rodri is the biggest signing so far, with United spending around 56

million euros on Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Champions

League finalists Tottenham more than 60 million euros to get Tanguy

Ndombele from Lyon.

dpa

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