Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone insisted that he ‘won’t tie anyone down’ while addressing the mounting speculation that Antoine Griezmann will leave the La Liga giants for Manchester United.
The French attacker’s representatives are thought to have been negotiating a potential deal with the Premier League club over the past few months, with several significant details, including Griezmann’s wages and squad number, already agreed.
The 25-year-old would certainly cost United a world record fee, but the lethal attacking wizard, who has netted 13 times this season, and has three goals in his last four matches, will be given the green signal to leave if he wishes, according to his current manager Diego Simeone, whose own future at the club is far from certain.
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“I don’t tie anyone down, I simply keep working to continue getting better for the sake of the club,” said Simeone.
“He (Griezmann) is in an extraordinary moment, is working well, has gotten back on the scoresheet and his form is good. It is normal that the best teams in the world want him. I am not surprised that the teams who are looking are the ones who can afford him.”
Earlier this month, there were several reports claiming the Old Trafford hierarchy have already begun talks with the Atletico Madrid star’s representatives, and even assured they will match Paul Pogba’s wages at the club.
Pogba, who returned to United for a world record transfer fee of £89.3 million in the summer, pockets a reported £220,000 a week, and Griezmann can expect the same wages and bonuses if the deal is agreed.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Don Balon claims Atletico Madrid are considering Alexis Sanchez as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann if the Frenchman does leave for Manchester United at the end of this season.