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How Barcelona Hope To Sign Neymar And Griezmann

Barcelona are aiming to sign both Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, says Spanish football expert Dermot Corrigan

With Atletico Madrid’s £113m deal to sign Joao Felix expected to have a big affect on the rest of the market, Spanish football expert Dermot Corrigan explains what it means for Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Felix became the fifth most expensive player of all time this week and was also handed Antoine Griezmann’s No 7 shirt at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Joao Felix became the fifth most expensive player of all time with his move Atletico Madrid

“This is a super interesting one and a real dilemma. Atletico are giving Felix the No 7 shirt as a bit of a message to Griezmann saying ‘we’ve moved on and we don’t want to see you again’, basically.

“But he is still under contract and his release clause still needs to be paid.
“The talk in the Spanish media is that because Griezmann’s release clause dropped from €200m to €120m on July 1, Atletico feel that Barcelona may legally be required to pay the higher amount because they feel they may have signed documents or negotiated with Griezmann before that date. We are not sure yet what the timings were.
“The feeling I got from Atletico is that they will play hardball with this. They are not happy with how Griezmann has conducted himself and will try and get as much money for him as possible.
“It seems unlikely they will go into a long-term limbo. The relationships between all parties is not good.
“The sporting vice president at Barcelona resigned this week, Bartomeu the president has taken over his duties, and he was personally involved in getting Griezmann.”

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