Barcelona signed Antoine Griezmann by taking a loan

Mudeet Arora
Barcelona didn't have the money when they signed Griezmann
Barcelona didn't have the money when they signed Griezmann / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

FC Barcelona reportedly did not have the money to buy Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid back in 2019 and they did so by taking a massive loan.

The Blaugrana had to shell out a humongous £107m to secure Griezmann's services and while the transfer was much hyped, the story behind the scenes is quite a dark one.

The Catalan giants apparently realised on the same night that they confirmed Griezmann's transfer that they didn't have the money to pay for it.

"We have the feeling that when players were signed, they [the former board] didn't know if they could sign them," director general of the club Ferran Reverter revealed, as per Marca.

"This was the case in regards to Griezmann as, on the night they signed him, they realised that there was no money to pay [for him].

"They were looking for a loan of 85 million euros to cover that signing."

FC Barcelona, this week confirmed they had made a £409 million loss in the 2020/21 campaign.

The Blaugrana reportedly still owe £98m to clubs, including £40.8 million to Ajax players for Frenkie de Jong and £13.6 million for Sergino Dest.

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid will have to permanently sign Griezmann at a cut price of €40m if he appears in 50% of their games whilst on loan from Barcelona.