Antoine Griezmann’s exit may lead to summer exodus at Atlético Madrid | Sid Lowe

Forward follows Diego Godín out of the door and others may go too as the break up of Simeone’s successful side continues

Antoine Griezmann said goodbye to Diego Godín on Sunday and to everyone else three days later. Late on Tuesday night, a year after he renewed his contract, turning down the opportunity to join Barcelona, the Frenchman announced he would follow the captain out of Atlético. Godín, who bade farewell to the fans and his teammates after the penultimate game of the season, will join Internazionale; Griezmann hasn’t yet revealed his destination and there are a handful of offers, but inside the Metropolitano they anticipate that this time he will end up at the Camp Nou.

Griezmann met the club’s CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, coach Diego Simeone and sporting director Andrea Berta on Tuesday and informed them of his decision. On 1 July his buyout clause drops from €200m to €120m, making them unable to prevent him from leaving or to influence which club he signs for. Twenty per cent of the clause goes to Real Sociedad, the club where Griezmann began his career, leaving Atlético €96m. He departs after five years, having scored 133 goals. Godín, Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez, who has signed for Bayern Munich, may be just the start of the exodus.

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