French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann completed his long-awaited move to Barcelona on Friday after they paid his €120m release clause, and Real Sociedad is set to receive a massive kickback.
As part of a clause inserted in Griezmann’s contract following his €30m switch from the Anoeta in 2014, Atlético Madrid has to pay a 20% sell-on fee to Real Sociedad. As a result, the Frenchman’s first club will earn a fee close to €24m.
That fee could go as high as €32m as Atlético is currently pursuing a legal battle with Barcelona over the move, claiming that an agreement between the two clubs took place back in March this year.
As per the Los Rojiblancos’ official statement, “The amount deposited by Barcelona is insufficient to meet his [Antoine Griezmann’s] release clause since it is obvious that the agreement of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 million euros to 120 million euros.”
Antoine Griezmann scored 52 goals in all competitions at Real Sociedad over five seasons. He was promoted to the first team as an 18-year-old following four years at the club’s youth academy and he helped them to win promotion into LaLiga in 2010. Griezmann was a key figure when the club qualified for the Champions League in 2013.
Sociedad is planning to pay homage to their former player, who has earned them over €50m from his successive transfers and been an instrumental figure in them becoming an established LaLiga power.
Griezmann thanked Real Sociedad in his official unveiling as at the Nou Camp.
“I want to thank Real Sociedad, they have given me my first professional contract and they believed in me. I also would like to thank Atlético Madrid and Simeone. They all helped me to become the player I am today,” he said.