Barcelona have signed French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros on a five-year deal after paying his release clause, the LaLiga champions said in a statement on Friday.

France Forward Griezmann, 28 rejected a move to Barcelona last year but announced in May he was leaving the Madrid side, where he has spent the last five seasons since signing from Real Sociedad in 2014.

“FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezman from Atletico Madrid,” the LaLiga Champion in a statement.

“The player will sign a contract his new club next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros.” It added.

Baca’s capture of Griezmann ends their long-running pursuit of the Frenchmen which has been the worst-kept secret in Spanish Football, with the Catalans having tried to lure the forward to the Nou Camp since November 2017.

Jayita Sardar

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