Real Madrid will rival Manchester United in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho appeared to be on the cusp of signing Griezmann, who scored Atletico’s first goal at their new stadium over the weekend, back in June, but the Frenchman decided to remain loyal to Diego Simeone after the La Liga side’s transfer ban was upheld.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed earlier in the summer that Griezmann would be a Man United player if it wasn’t for Atletico’s ban.
And according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, Madrid will now look to sign the 26-year-old after failing to secure the services of Kylian Mbappe.
Griezmann stayed at Atletico out of a sense of loyalty to the club. You sense that being at Atletico has never been about propagating your salary; there is an element of belonging, of a connection with the more grounded Madrid club and its fanbase.
That is why the Frenchman would never opt to sign for Los Blancos. He has made it clear in the past that he wouldn’t consider moving to the Bernabeu, but his desire to leave La Liga at some point is evident. And with his release clause dropping to just £92m, Mourinho ought to place him at the top of his list.