Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has parted ways with his agent amid rumours of a potential move to Manchester United.
The 25-year-old has been subject to interest from Man United ever since he began to stamp his authority in La Liga under Diego Simeone.
Speculation surrounding a potential move was fuelled by the confluence of Simeone’s reported decision to shorten his contract by two years and Griezmann’s claim that his future in Spain depended on how long the Argentine would stay at the Vicente Calderon.
Griezmann confirmed he will now represent himself as he looks towards the next chapter of his career.
“From now I’m going to operate without an agent,” he said.
“But I will always have the advice of my father and also my mentor, Eric Olhats [the scout who discovered him at the age of 13].”
With French-speaking players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin (a close friend of the striker) all at the club, Griezmann would have no trouble when it comes to settling in at Old Trafford.
Questions remain when it comes to how the 25-year-old would adapt to the Premier League’s notoriously physical culture. His diminutive stature may preclude him being bullied out of games, perhaps in similar fashion to Radamel Falcao, who notably struggled to cope with the harassment he received from central defenders.
That said, the Frenchman – unlike Falcao – boasts a devastating level of raw power on the ball; he is, above anything, a slippery, untraceable menace when in full flow, complimented by an instinctive eye for goal.
His introduction to the Premier League would be a gamble – a gamble that could reap massive rewards.