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Barcelona’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann is in the final stretch and they’ll soon deposit the 120 million euros of his release clause with LaLiga, at which point they must start with his integration.
Nobody at the club, whether those inside it or the fans, has forgotten his controversial documentary from last summer where he snubbed the Blaugrana to stay at Atletico Madrid for one more year.
He won’t, therefore, be the most popular arrival ever, but there will be no chance for supporters to rebuke him for that documentary during his presentation as it won’t be open to the public.
Given that they are changing the pitch at the Camp Nou, Griezmann won’t be able to be presented there.
While Frenkie de Jong was shown off on the pitch last week, Neto wasn’t able to be presented there either as this work had already begun.
Some players in the past have been presented at the Mini Estadi across the road, but this option is ruled out too because there is a Cirque du Soleil show at that venue right now.
So there won’t be a presentation with fans for Griezmann and the first opportunity the Blaugrana fanbase will have to get to know their new arrival will be in the Joan Gamper match on August 4.
That match is three weeks away, so it buys Barcelona some time to clean up Griezmann‘s image and for the player to try to win over his new fans.