Manchester United have been handed a major boost in the race sign Antoine Griezmann after it was revealed that Atletico Madrid were unwilling to see the Frenchman join Real Madrid, according to reports.
Reports of a verbal agreement between Griezmann and Man United, supposedly complete with an agreed wage and shirt number, were quickly dismissed by the Frenchman himself and Atletico chairman Enrique Cerezo, leaving ambiguity over the 25-year-old’s predicament.
Real Madrid have also entered the race to secure Griezmann’s signature, but Atletico – obviously reluctant to let such a talented player move to the Bernabeu – have insisted that they would only consider an offer than includes striker Alvaro Morata.
And United, as noted by Don Balon‘s Mario Plaza, are in a strong position as a result, with Ed Woodward willing to pay the full amount for Griezmann over the summer.
Hopes of a potential move for Griezmann were considerably thwarted when the Frenchman, following a sensational goal against Athletic Bilbao, declared to a camera: “C’est ma maison ici!” (“This is my house here).
And yet, for one reason or another, murmurs of further negotiations suggest that Atletico are still considering allowing the Frenchman to leave, and United fans will be curious to see how this new saga pans out over the next few months.