Antoine Griezmann will only join Man United with Champions League football – report

by Leo Nieboer

Antoine Griezmann will only join Manchester United over the summer if they manage to secure a place in the top four this season, according to reports.

It was reported last week that a deal between Man United and Atletico Madrid for the Frenchman had been agreed, with the former agreeing to activate his €100m release clause over the summer.

However, such reports were later denied by the club; the Spanish side’s chairman, Enrique Cerezo, has also made it clear that no deal is in place.

But according to The Sun‘s Neil Custis, Griezmann will come to United if they secure Champions League football for next season under Jose Mourinho.

The 25-year-old’s fate seems largely conditional on how both Atletico and United perform this season. A combination of Atletico reaching the Champions League, Diego Simeone staying and Mourinho’s men missing out on a top four place would completely destroy any chances of a potential move to Old Trafford.

Should the reverse happen, however, Griezmann would have no reason to stay at a club that will inevitably regress after Simeone leave. The prospect of sporting the No.7 shirt – the same shirt worn by David Beckham, his childhood idol – at United, alongside Paul Pogba, would be too tantalising to turn down.

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