Atletico Madrid officials have grown increasingly frustrated with Antonine Griezmann’s performances this season, promoting further speculation surrounding a potential move to Manchester United, according to reports.
The Frenchman was on the cusp of joining Man United back in June but ultimately decided to remain loyal to Diego Simeone after Atletico’s appeal against a transfer ban was overruled.
And he has struggled to exercise the same impact for the La Liga side this season, managing just two goals in nine games.
According to Football Espana, club officials have started to lose patience with the 26-year-old’s lack of potency in front of goal and a move to Old Trafford, in response, could be on the cards.
Griezmann has not looked the same this season. Following a decent start, the Frenchman has started to look more like a hindrance to attacking movements rather than an exciting catalyst. And his indispensability to Simeone’s starting XI – a big factor behind the protracted nature of United’s chase for him last year – has notably dissolved.
Why has this happened? Griezmann could very well have one eye on the exit door, but the real reason, I suspect, is simpler than that.
With the likes of Thomas Partey, Angel Correa and Luciano Vietto fronting the next generation for Atletico, along with the official arrivals of Diego Costa and Vitolo in January, this team – like any team that wants to maintain success – is evolving, and Griezmann is straying further and further away from the designated mould at the Wanda Metropilano.
A move elsewhere, therefore, makes sense for a player clearly not enjoying his football in Spain anymore.