Manchester United have received a massive boost in their bid to sign Antoine Griezmann next summer after Atletico Madrid reduced his release clause from €200m to €100m.
The French forward appeared to be destined for a move to Old Trafford back in June but chose to remain at the Vicente Calderon after Atletico’s appeal against a transfer ban was overruled.
Atletico, in response, placed a €200m release clause on Griezmann’s head to fend off any potential buyers over the summer.
But according to Spanish media outlet Marca, Atletico have halved the 26-year-old’s release clause to just £91.6m with their transfer ban set to be lifted in January.
£91.6m for a player of Griezmann’s quality is a bargain of similar proportions to that of Paul Pogba in a market where clubs are prepared to splash way north of £100m for players with just one promising season under their belts. Nobody would have complained if Atletico had kept their star man’s release clause at €200m.
Jose Mourinho will hope that signing Griezmann next summer can be something of a formality. He was on the verge of a move earlier this summer and only stayed out of sympathy to Atletico’s position. And United will, you sense, happily splash out the money required to guarantee his services, while the La Liga side can easily secure a like-for-like replacement in the form of Diego Costa.