ATLETICO MADRID have threatened to take Barcelona to court to secure a £180m fee for Antoine Griezmann.
Barca met the Frenchman’s new release clause of £108m, but Atleti argue that the deal was agreed before the end of the season and the old clause still applies.
A club statement from Diego Simeone’s men read: “Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that binds the player with Atlético de Madrid, having deposited Fútbol Club Barcelona in the name and on behalf of the player the amount of 120 million euros.
“Atlético Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet his rescission clause, since it’s obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from €200m to €120m.
“Atlético Madrid believes the termination of the contract occurred before the end of last season due to events, acts and demonstrations carried out by the player and that is why we’ve already started procedures considered appropriate to defend our rights and legitimate interests.”