Atletico Madrid to sign Antoine Griezmann

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 10:31 am •  Published: July 28, 2014
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MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of France winger Antoine Griezmann on Monday.

The 23-year-old Griezmann still needed to undergo a medical exam before signing his contract, Atletico said. The deal is reportedly worth 30 million euros ($40 million).

Griezmann, who impressed for France in the World Cup in Brazil, made his first-team debut at Sociedad in 2009 and has scored 53 goals for the northern Spanish club in 202 matches.

Sociedad said it gave its permission for the medical to go ahead and thanked the player for his "professionalism and dedication."

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said Griezmann "can give us solutions and characteristics the team does not have today."

Simeone said Griezmann brings "speed in attack" which his squad needs after the departure of forwards Diego Costa and David Villa.