Atletico Madrid have submitted an official complaint concerning the deal when the Blaugrana announced Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann ‘s signing after activating his release clause.
The €120million (£108million) switch was announced on July 12, but Atletico claim that the deal has been sealed before July 1, the day on which the attacker’s release clause dropped from €200million to €120million.
Atletico demands an additional €80million (£72million) from Barcelona and to secure the money, the team addressed the issue to La Liga. According to La Liga president Javier Tebas in an interview with Onda Cero, it is possible to cancel a player’s transfer
“La Liga will have to decide what course of action to take,” Tebas said. “There’s a process that has been put in motion and those overseeing it will have to come to resolve the case.”
Griezmann debuted for Barcelona on July 23 in a 2-1 pre-season defeat to Chelsea.
The Guardian reports that Barca first approached Griezmann last year, aware that his buyout clause would drop temporarily to €100m. The team was prepared to pay that amount, unilaterally releasing him from his contract, eventually reaching a deal on personal terms.