Transfer: Bartomeu speaks on Atletico having proof of secret deal between Barcelona, Griezmann

Barcelona President, Joseph Maria Bartomeu, has said Atletico Madrid have no proof to back up their claim that the Blaugrana had an agreement in place with Antoine Griezmann as early as March.

Barca had triggered Griezmann’s €120 million release clause and completed the signing of the France international on Friday, presenting him as their player two days later.

But, shortly 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.

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

However, Bartomeu 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.

“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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