Barcelona set to rival Manchester United in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann – report

by Leo Nieboer

Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann in an attempt to replace the misfiring Luis Suarez, according to reports from Spain.

Man United appeared to be on the verge of signing Griezmann back in June but the Frenchman decided to remain loyal to Atletico following the club’s failed appeal against a transfer ban, which meant Diego Simeone wouldn’t have been able to replace him until January.

Recent reports have suggested that Griezmann, in an ideal world, would have joined United over the summer and that Mourinho has not abandoned, but rather shelved, his interest in the striker.

But according to Spanish media outlet Diaro Gol (via Caught Offside), the Catalan side will look to secure the 25-year-old as a replacement for Luis Suarez – who has endured a poor start to the 2017/18 campaign – next summer.

Diego Costa’s arrival at Atletico, along with Griezmann’s release clause being halved to just £90m, renders the Frenchman as perhaps the hottest property on the market ahead of the next summer transfer window.

And Mourinho, in turn, will have to fight off a number of potential suitors. But the fact that a move was essentially in place last summer, combined with United continuing to develop as a unit, ought to be enough to ensure Ed Woodward and Co can get the deal done.

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