Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has today revealed that a move to Premier League giants Manchester United is ‘a possibility.’
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.
According to reports in the Spanish media, Griezmann’s 200 million Euro release clause drops to 100 million at the end of this season, with all of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid ready to make a move for the gifted Frenchman as a result.
Speaking in his new biography, ‘Behind a smile, the life of the Little Prince’, Griezmann opened up on his future, with a particular emphasis on a possible move to Old Trafford:
‘While I have everything to be happy, this doesn’t mean I won’t leave [Atletico Madrid] one day.’
‘I have not made a decision. It all depends on several factors. As much as I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, I have a great coach and great teammates, they regularly ask me about my future.’
‘I don’t exclude anything, I have nothing against England, apart from the weather and Manchester United is a possibility.’
If reports in Spain are to be believed, Manchester United are weighing up whether to make a move for Griezmann or Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, with the Red Devils keen to bring a marquee attacking signing to the club next summer.
Jose Mourinho openly sought out a top-class winger during the summer transfer window, and with both Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic now to choose from up front, a move for Bale may be the more likely in the near future.
However, if the Portuguese tactician does opt to sanction a move for Griezmann, ‘Agent P’ Paul Pogba could once again prove crucial, with the pair known to be close friends through their time spent together with the French national team.
Quotes via Marca.