Atletico Madrid have opened disciplinary proceedings against Antoine Griezmann for breach of contract, after the France international refused a request to attend preseason training on Sunday, a source has told ESPN FC.
At the end of last season Griezmann announced he was leaving Wanda Metropolitano and Barcelona were expected to immediately pay the clause when it dropped from €200 million to €120m on July 1.
However, nobody has visited the La Liga offices to deposit the money, and on Friday Atletico rejected a request from Barcelona to pay the transfer fee in instalments instead.
Atletico publicly called on Griezmann to join up with his teammates on Sunday to travel to their Los Angeles de San Rafael preseason base in the mountains above the Spanish capital. But the 28-year-old did not appear and upset club officials at Wanda Metropolitano are now set to fine the player the maximum allowed under his contract, which is around €200,000.
"Logically a disciplinary process will be opened as Griezmann did not present himself for an official call-up with the club where he is under contract," the Atletico source told ESPN FC on Monday.