Manchester United have reportedly made an approach to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.
Griezmann announced his plans earlier this month to end a five-year stay at Atletico in the summer. He’s since been heavily tipped to move to La Liga champions Barcelona.
After being rejected through a bizarre video documentary last summer, however, Barcelona have remained coy on whether they want to compete for Griezmann’s signature a second time.
Club legends and pundits have advised Ernesto Valverde against signing him due to his bad behaviour and concerns over how he will fit in at Camp Nou.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, though, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo made it clear there will be no more u-turns by Griezmann.
“It is irreversible. The only thing I tell him is that he has a lot of luck where he goes,” said Cerezo on Thursday.
“And, that at least they treat him as we have treated him here.”
Now the Independent has reported that Barcelona are indeed having second thoughts on pursuing a summer move for Griezmann.
It’s understood that Blaugrana chiefs are hesitant over matching the 28-year-old’s buy-out clause of €120m. This was included in the new contract he signed last year upon turning the Catalan club down.
Therefore, United have allegedly made initial contact with Griezmann over a potential move to the Premier League.
Ex-Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho had targetted the France international in 2017, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
But the 20-time English champions have promised Mourinho’s replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer substantial financial backing. Thus, they will likely be prepared to meet Atletico’s asking price.
Furthermore, United could offer Griezmann a more lucrative deal to one he may receive from Barcelona. And their wage bill will drop significantly should Alexis Sanchez, who earns £500,000 per week, leave the club.
But a lack of Champions League football next season could see a potential deal between United and Griezmann fall apart.