Manchester United face a battle to persuade Antoine Griezmann to maneuver to Outdated Trafford in the event that they determine to reignite their curiosity this summer time, sources near the participant have advised ESPN FC.
United have been within the France worldwide final summer time earlier than switching their focus to signing a centre ahead — in the end agreeing a £75 million take care of Everton for Romelu Lukaku.
Griezmann, in the meantime, opted to remain at Atletico and signal a brand new contract whereas the Spanish membership served a switch ban and moved into a brand new stadium.
The 26-year-old is anticipated to depart on the finish of the season, with United amongst his potential suitors.
He’s unlikely to depart through the January switch window, regardless of Atletico’s early exit from the Champions League. Griezmann’s buy-out clause of €100m makes the ahead a beautiful prospect in a market the place Neymar value Paris Saint-Germain €222m and Coutinho is priced at €160m.
Nonetheless, sources have advised ESPN FC that whereas Griezmann is open to a transfer to Outdated Trafford he would ideally like to remain in Spain and that he, alongside along with his spouse, Erika Choperena, have reservations about swapping Madrid for Manchester.
Sources have additionally advised ESPN FC that Barcelona are nonetheless monitoring the previous Actual Sociedad man, regardless of making Coutinho the second costliest participant ever this week.
In December, FIFA revealed it had obtained a grievance from Atletico Madrid about Barcelona’s makes an attempt to lure Griezmann to Camp Nou. Barcelona have denied the claims.
United are anticipated to enroll to 4 new gamers forward of subsequent season together with one supervisor Jose Mourinho says will “value so much.”
They’ve been linked with Griezmann, in addition to Actual Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Juventus ahead Paulo Dybala.
Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Comply with him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.