Manchester United and Barcelona have both been handed a huge boost in the chase for Antonie Griezmann, with Ateltico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admitting the player could leave in the summer if he wanted to.
The successful manager made the point that he also wants to see players grow – and will not keep them at the club if they feel they’ve done everything they can and need to move on to another side or league in order to further their career.
The Sun report Simeone said: “Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave.
“I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful.
“If a player comes to me and says: ‘coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave’.
“If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I’ll say it’s no problem. I know that he needs to grow.
“Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave.”
One player United are reportedly concerned about is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is apparently struggling with his return to the side, and has been taken out of the squad by manager Jose Mourinho and sent to do more work in the gym to build up strength around his knee.
Of course, his return to fitness was remarkable, and well ahead of schedule so while reports may sensationalise this, United may well be taking the news in their stride – however, a move for a player like Griezmann who would score goals and take the burden off the likes of Romelu Lukaku and offer Jose Mourinho more options up top would be welcome by the fans and manager.