Bartomeu responds to Atletico claims of Griezmann secret deal with Barca

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Barca President Maria Bartomeu

Barcelona President, Joseph Maria Bartomeu, has responded to claims by Atletico Madrid that they have no proof of the Blaugrana and Antoine Griezmann earlier striking an agreement in March.

The Laliga’s champions triggered a €120m release clause to complete a transfer move for the France international on Friday, presenting him as their player two days later.

And barely few hours after Barca announced Griezmann’s signing, Atletico released a statement challenging the deal, adamant the player and the Catalan club struck an agreement over personal terms in March.

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Atletico felt they were entitled to €200m rather than €120m, the figure his release clause dropped to on 1 July.

However, Bartomeu reacting to such claims said he is unperturbed by the situation and is convinced Atletico have no grounds for such demands.

”I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything,” Bartomeu told reporters on Sunday.

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”I understand everyone defends their interests and I’ve spoken to Enrique Cerezo [Atletico president], but I don’t see that the case can evolve in a positive way for them. There’s nothing.

‘We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March.”

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