Barcelona price Antoine Griezmann out of future Man Utd move with incredible release claus | Football | Sport


Griezmann has been a long-term target for Manchester United and but the clause could now price them out of any future deal.

The World Cup winner, 28, has signed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants after they activated the £107m clause in his deal with Atleti.

“FC Barcelona has paid the 120 million euro buyout clause to release Antoine Griezmann from Atlético Madrid,” a statement read on their official website.

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

“We will shortly be publishing the full schedule for the presentation of Antoine Griezmann as a new member of the Barca first team.”

United can almost certainly forget about signing Griezmann now despite tracking him for the past few years.

Former manager Jose Mourinho was keen to sign him when he was in charge but Barca always appeared to be his most likely destination when he eventually decided to make a move from Madrid.

Griezmann spent five years at Atleti where he scored 233 goals in 256 appearances.

He becomes Barcelona’s third signing of the summer following their £60m capture of Frankie de Jong from Ajax while right-back Emerson joined from Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

They are also expected to try and re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain but players will probably need to be sold so they can fund a deal that could cost them up to £400m.

Philippe Coutinho remains surplus to requirements while Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Malcom could all be available.

Interest in Dembele is high with Bayern Munich thought to be leading the chase for the France winger.

Meanwhile, both Coutinho and Rakitic have been linked with Manchester United although they appeared to have cooled their interest.

Chelsea were also understood to be keen on former Liverpool star Coutinho but they are yet to successfully appeal their two-window transfer ban.

Malcom has been heavily linked with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham having struggled to settle since joining from Bordeaux.

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