Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Atletico Madrid open disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid open disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann

Atleti boosted the fee to 200 million euros in the summer of 2018 when Barcelona expressed interest in Griezmann, who ultimately opted to remain with the Colchoneros, a choice he announced in a television documentary, "La Decision".

"Yesterday (Thursday), we had a meeting", Bartomeu said on Friday.

The news has fuelled rumours Neymar will look to force through a move away from the club in the transfer window, with a return to Barcelona mooted as well as a possible switch to Real Madrid. During the last season, he scored 28 goals, made 13 goal assists in 28 appearances.

He has also netted 29 times in 70 global games for France, winning the 2018 World Cup and claiming the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 as "Les Bleus" lost in the final on home soil to Portugal.

According to Sport English, Atletico Madrid are looking to get rid of Antoine Griezmann anyhow and have placed one condition in front of Barcelona through which they can confirm the signing of the World Cup victor. This occurred, mere days after the second leg of the team's Champions League tie against Juventus.

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Bartomeu said last week: 'We know that he wants to leave Paris Saint Germain but we know that they don't want him to leave so there is no case [to answer]'.

The Manchester City star suffered an unfortunate end to his time in Spain after demanding to leave back in 2011. "There is no "Neymar" file". To further complicate matters, they had been negotiating the terms of the agreement since mid-February.

If Barca can get the Griezmann deal over the line, it could also put the futures of former Liverpool forward Coutinho and teenager Dembele in doubt.

Atletico accused Barcelona of having "induced" Griezmann to end his contract with the Colchoneros in violation of "the basic norms that govern the integrity of every sporting competition".

Barcelona also introduced Frenkie de Jong, the 22-year-old midfielder who was signed from Ajax earlier this year for 75 million euros ($84 million).

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