Manchester United could drive a wedge between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s feud by signing Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.
The Frenchman returned to his former club on a two year loan deal in the summer of 2021, barely two years after he swapped the Wanda Metropolitano for the Nou Camp in a staggering £103million deal. However, the World Cup winner has found himself at the centre of a bizarre transfer saga between the two La Liga giants.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone has been introducing Griezmann from the bench around the 60th minute mark in almost every match this season, as Atletico are obliged to pay Barcelona £34m to make his loan deal permanent, if he plays 45 minutes or more in half of their games this season. However, Erik ten Hag’s side could put an end to this bizarre saga by making a move for him in the January transfer window.
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Reports from the Athletic understand United retain their long term interest in the former Real Sociedad hitman. The Red Devils were keen on a big money move for the 31-year-old during his first stint at Atletico.
However, Barcelona would eventually win the transfer race to sign Griezmann in the summer of 2019. Despite Griezmann’s recent inconsistency, United’s interest does not seem to have waned.
The Red Devils were reportedly offered the opportunity to sign Griezmann in the summer. Reports from the Times claimed Simeone’s side were prepared to offer United Griezmann and former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata in a deal which would have seen Cristiano Ronaldo move the other way.
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However, the significant backlash of the Atletico fan base more or less put an end to any potential move that would have seen the former Real Madrid ace don the infamous red and white of the Spanish giants. During the summer, Griezmann’s only focus was believed to be on remaining in the Spanish capital.
But, this feeling could very well change as all parties are growing increasingly frustrated by the current situation. Fortunately for the Frenchman, his limited minutes has not stopped France manager Didier Deschamps from calling him up to Les Bleus’ squad for their Nations League matches against Austria and Denmark.
"At least he's not tired, you have to see the positive things,” Deschamps recently said. "Despite playing time, he is still an important and decisive player. Of course he aspires to more, to have a better athletic condition. Today he plays 30 minutes, he hasn't completed 90 for a long time."
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