Antoine Griezmann, who currently plays for Atletico Madrid is a top target for Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho ready to match his £87 million release clause to bring him to Old Trafford. He is the player who stood as the second runner-up for Ballon d’or 2016; after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Griezmann has spoken to Atletico Madrid that he wishes to switch to Manchester United.
When Mourinho was asked if Griezmann is joining ManUnited, he said: “I have no idea. You have to ask Ed Woodward – executive vice-chairman at Manchester United. (Ed has been given a shortlist of players to secure over the coming months.) He knows who I want, what I want and how much I want since March. Now it’s time for him to work, because we will have holidays in August and in August I am working.”
On Monday, Atletico Madrid’s president Enrique Cerezo insisted that he is sure Griezmann would be playing at Wanda Metropolitano next season.
The winger really has been chased around. He was expected to prolong his stay at Atletico in order to play in the famous white and red strip at their new stadium although it appears as he is too keen to join United that he pushed his decision into a move. This can go smoothly if United pays his full buy-out clause but if Atletico is told by FIFA that they cannot register new players this summer, it will complicate the transfer. Coach Diego will accept Griezmann’s departure only if the club can bring in new signings to compensate.
According to reports from Spain, Atletico’s correspondent Antonio Ruiz said: “Griezmann has transmitted to the club’s chief that he wants to go out. Looks like United is backing the Frenchman with a big boost.” If United manages to match the release clause, Atletico would not have a say in Griezmann’s future with the player automatically allowed to negotiate personal terms.