English Side Manchester United has reportedly prepared to smash their transfer record by offering Atletico Madrid £95million for Antoine Griezmann, a move that is seen as a last-gasp bid to hijack the striker’s move to Barcelona.
According to The Sun, Barca appeared close to landing the France World Cup star – but their failure to make an official move has opened the door to United. The club’s chiefs could now swoop as they prepare for Belgian hitman Romelu Lukaku and current £89m signing Paul Pogba to leave.
Griezmann, 28, gave the Old Trafford outfit hope when he claimed that his future may now be away from Spain.
Speaking after France’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Andorra on Tuesday, he said:
“I don’t know if I will stay in La Liga.
“I know where I want to go. I am also keen to get this over with as quickly as possible.”
Griezmann antagonised Atletico last month by announcing he planned to join Barca this summer.
But he was left hanging as the Catalan giants pursued a possible Nou Camp return for Paris Saint- Germain star Neymar.
That has given United encouragement, although they are fully aware that not being able to offer Griezmann Champions League football next term is a significant problem.
But they are willing to pay his transfer fee and meet his staggering wage demands of around £450,000 per week.
PSG are also interested in bringing the striker back home to France.
That puts United under pressure to find a way of persuading Griezmann he should spearhead an Old Trafford revolution under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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