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Guillem Balague: Antoine Griezmann would join Manchester United with Champions League football

by Tanveer Arayan

Guillem Balague insists Antoine Griezmann would join Manchester United in the summer transfer window if they qualify for Champions League football.

Man United play their most important fixture of the season on Wednesday night in the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm as they look to get back into next season’s Champions League.

Griezmann claimed earlier in the week that his chances of joining Man United this summer are six out of 10, but rated the possibility of staying at Atletico as seven out of 10.

Speaking about a potential move, Balague claims the Frenchman will make the move if United achieve Champions League football.

“I’ve got the impression if United are in the Champions League, he will join them. Manchester United are willing to pay the 100m euros (£87m) for his buyout clause,” he said.

“He perhaps sees Manchester United, in the medium term at least, as a candidate to win the Premier League and the Champions League, because of the money that will be invested into the side.

“He obviously wasn’t innocent when he said what he said to French television programme Quotidien. We’ve seen the images, and he quite clearly meant to do this. When he was asked out of 10 what the chances of going to Manchester United are, he said six.

“That number is not higher than six because he is waiting to see whether Manchester United make the Champions League.

“If they do not, he will still think about it. Meanwhile, what that means is that Atletico, who are preparing to offer him a new contract, have panicked and will put even more money on the table.

“He expects to choose between United and Atletico’s new contract.”

He’s been incredible at the Vicente Calderon for the past three seasons, scoring 83 goals in 160 games under Diego Simeone.

Griezmann’s adviser has confirmed United’s interest and with the squad ready to pay a substantial fee for his services, a move could be on the cards.

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