Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has fuelled speculation that Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann could be set for a move to Manchester United next summer after revealing that both clubs have already held talks over a possible move.
Reports emerged over the weekend claimed that United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward met with the Atletico hierarchy to discuss a move for Griezmann and that he could be set to launch a new world record bid in an attempt to land the player.
The 25-year-old only recently signed a new deal at Vicente Calderon over the summer but in that contract a buy-out clause of one hundred million euros was said to have been included in his contract meaning that should United are any club for that matter trigger the clause they would be free to speak to the player directly.
Griezmann’s future at Atletico is said to be dependent on whether manager Diego Simeone remains at the club. The Argentine and Griezmann have formed a close relationship with one another over the years and should Simeone depart the Vicente Calderon Griezmann along with other key stars at the club may follow suite.
Speaking to Sky Sports Guillem Balague confirmed that Manchester United along with Chelsea have already made for Griezmann but stated that the Frenchman wishes to wait until the end of the campaign before making a final decision on his future.
United are understood to see Griezmann as their primary target when the summer transfer window opens next year. Having already broken the world record to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus it would no doubt take a similar fee to land the forward but should Mourinho manage to persuade Griezmann to move to Old Trafford he could become the final piece in the Portuguese Old Trafford jigsaw puzzle.
In signing Griezmann Manchester United would be getting a player who is about to enter his peak years as a footballer. United wouldn’t be getting a player for the future, nor a player whose best days are behind him they would be getting a player ready for the here and now and that is exactly what Mourinho needs if he to take Manchester United back to the top.