Antoine Greizmann has made no secret of his desire to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, and Barcelona have been instantly linked with a move for the Frenchman. But with no bid from the Catalans forthcoming, Manchester United have been monitoring the situation and could swoop to sign him.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has big plans for his first full season at Old Trafford, and that includes an overhaul of the club’s playing staff. While expensive signings haven’t necessarily worked out in the last few seasons, as Alexis Sanchez and Angel Di Maria have shown, that won’t stop them matching the £108million buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract at Atleti, in the hope that he can fire them back into the Champions League and towards the Premier League title.
Younger, hungrier players are also on Solskjaer’s wanted list, with Swansea’s Daniel James set to sign and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff a reported target. Speculation of a move to hijack Barcelona’s bid for Ajax defender Mattijs De Ligt has cooled, but that won’t stop them rivalling those at Camp Nou for Griezmann if, as was said a few weeks ago, the Blaugrana have identified him as a replacement for the ageing Luis Suarez.
It is widely believed Griezmann regrets his decision to sign a new five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano last summer. Both United and Barça were linked with the player back then, so it is no surprise they are keen again now. Though the Red Devils have endured a tough season, missing out on the top four, they are not lacking ambition when it comes to potential signings. But Barça’s decision on Griezmann has not yet been made public, and it’ll be tough to see him choosing a move to England over staying in Spain if they do choose to target him.
Elsewhere at Atletico, it seems as though a lot of players are set to leave. Saúl Ñiguez have been linked with Manchester City, while Juanfran and Diego Godin have already signalled their intention to leave, like Griezmann. Manager Diego Simeone will oversee a huge rebuilding project this summer, much like Solskjaer.