Manchester United can still continue plans to sign Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to reports.
He is said to be on the verge of signing a new contract at Atletico Madrid, which will tie him to the Spanish club until 2022.
Despite a significant pay increase, the 26-year-old’s 100m Euros buyout clause remains the same, even though United were prepared to pay it previously.
This would mean that United will not face a massive price increase if they make a renewed bid in January or next summer.
Jose Mourinho had made the Frenchman a top priority this summer and was prepared to trigger his release clause, however, they were forced into cooling their interest and trying to sign a new striker after releasing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Griezmann will not be leaving Atletico after the Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to lift a transfer ban on the club which runs until January.
United are adamant Griezmann remains a player of interest, however, a move will be unlikely as Griezmann believed it’d be a low blow to leave during Atletico’s current situation.
The club have been linked with many names this summer as Mourinho looks to overhaul the squad and there’s no doubt that it won’t be the end of the Griezmann story.