As per a report from Spanish outlet AS this afternoon, Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is no longer considered ‘untouchable’ in the Spanish capital, leading to suggestions that he could be sold to Manchester United.
United’s chase of French forward Griezmann was one of the talking points of the early weeks of the summer transfer window, with Jose Mourinho having identified the 26-year-old as an ideal addition to his attacking ranks at Old Trafford.
However, any potential move was put on hold when Griezmann himself confirmed that he would not leave Atletico in the midst of their transfer ban, which is due to end in January of next year.
A number of sources over recent weeks have claimed that United will resume their pursuit of Griezmann in the new year, with Diego Costa’s arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano leading to suggestions that Atletico could now be more open to the idea of parting ways with their crown jewel.
And, as per the aforementioned report from AS today, Diego Simeone and co. no longer view Griezmann as being untouchable at the club, contrary to the club’s stance over previous years.
The former Real Sociedad standout has been unexpectedly substituted on a number of occasions recently, when his side have been in need of a goal.
A Champions League clash with Italian outfit AS Roma two weeks ago marked one such instance, with the technically-gifted attacker having been hauled off after 79 minutes with the two sides level.
In total, Griezmann has been substituted in half of Atletico’s matches this year, which AS suggesting that this is the latest signal of increasing uncertainty around his future in the Spanish capital.