It was widely reported earlier this month that, following Man United’s passage into next season’s Champions League group stages, the Frenchman was keen on a move to Old Trafford.
However, Atletico’s unsuccessful appeal against their transfer ban meant that Diego Simeone couldn’t sign players until January 2018.
United could have still acquired the services of Griezmann by activating his £85m release clause, but the Frenchman, according the Metro, when told by Mourinho – eager to complete transfer business early – that the deal had to happen this summer or never, decided to commit his future to Atletico.
The 25-year-old has faced something of a conundrum over the last week or so: being torn between your loyalty to your current club and the prospect of pastures new at Old Trafford would have been difficult, but the very fact that such an ultimatum had to be canvassed in the first place implies a lack of real desire on the part of Griezmann to join United.
Mourinho sensibly noted earlier this year that he would only sign players itching to give everything for the badge – players like Ander Herrera who dashed to Old Trafford as soon as he heard of the club’s interest.
And Griezmann’s apparent ambivalence towards the entire deal suggests quite emphatically that he is not one of these players.