Antoine Griezmann announced he knows exactly which club he plans on joining next season amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United.
Griezmann will end his five-year stay at Atletico Madrid in the summer following a disappointing season. The club finished 11 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona in second-place and suffered a last-16 Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus.
Therefore, Griezmann has called it a day at the Wanda Metropolitano for a move elsewhere. At 28, the forward is now at the peak of his abilities and wants to spend his golden years battling for silverware.
Several Spanish news outlets had tipped Barcelona as favourites for his signature this summer.
However, it appears the Catalan club are still licking their wounds from last year’s rejection through a bizarre video documentary.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo confirmed on Friday there has been no approach by Barcelona for Griezmann. Although another possible turn-off for them could be his €120m buy-out clause, which he signed up for after turning down a switch to Catalonia last year.
So, United have now surprisingly entered the race for Griezmann and will match his release clause.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a marquee signing for this summer. Hence, Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale are reportedly his top transfer targets.
And now Griezmann has confirmed he’s decided at last, but refused to share his final decision with fans on Saturday.
“I know where I want to go, and the sacrifices I have to make to get there,” said Griezmann, according to talkSPORT.
“I just ask for a little patience.
“As soon as I can say it, it will be with pleasure.”
Greizmann played the full 90 minutes of France’s humbling 2-0 defeat to Turkey on Saturday in Konya. Les Bleus did not get a single shot on target as they fell behind their opponents to second-place in Group H of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign.