Manchester United could sign Atletico Madrid striker Antonio Griezmann for half price when his release clause drops from £178m to £89m next summer, according to reports.
The Frenchman was seemingly on the cusp of a move to Man United back in June after Jose Mourinho secured Champions League football for the 2017/18 campaign.
However, Atletico’s failed appeal against a transfer ban meant that no replacement for Griezmann could be signed until next January, prompting the striker to stay, with the club placing an astronomical release clause of £178 to fend off potential suitors.
And according to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Griezmann’s current release clause will be halved to £89m on 1 July 2018 and Atletico could reward him for his loyalty by accepting a lower bid.
The 26-year-old had his heart set on joining United last year but nobly decided to commit his future to Atletico. But this sudden U-turn didn’t mark the end of this particular saga – shelved rather than disposed of, so to speak.
And Diego Simeone knows this. He has not rendered Griezmann indispensable to his starting XI like last season, often using the likes of Angel Correa or Luciano Vietto instead, and has the perfect replacement lined up in the form of Diego Costa.