Antoine Griezmann reaches agreement to join Barcelona in the summer – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has reached an agreement to join Barcelona in the summer, according to reports from Spain.

The French forward was on the verge of moving to Old Trafford last summer, only to ultimately pledge his allegiance to Atletico Madrid out of loyalty to Diego Simeone, who couldn’t replace him until January.

Jose Mourinho continued to express interest in Griezmann but Barcelona have become frontrunners in the race to sign him in light of the 26-year-old’s preference to keep his young family in Spain.

And according to Spanish media outlet Catalunya Radio, a reliable source, an agreement has been reached with Greizmann ahead of joining the Nou Camp in the summer.

United never really stood much of a chance once Barcelona entered the race for Griezmann and started to take his  family out for dinners – a tactic Atletico fervently protested against – in an attempt to reach a comprehensive gentleman’s agreement with the Frenchman’s camp.

Nevertheless, following the signing of Alexis Sanchez combined with Mourinho’s insistence that he wouldn’t buy any further attacking players in the summer, this saga feels like a thing of the past – a move that made sense and came very close to happening but now has died out, with United’s emphasis now on the midfield and full-back areas.

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