Man City To Hijack Man Utd’s €100m Deal, Contact Already Made

Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (L) with chief executive Ferran Soriano (C) and Director of football Txiki Begiristain in the stands.

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Premier League leaders Man City have reportedly become the latest European elite to have “contacted” the entourage of Atletico Madrid’s star striker, Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann has been heavily linked with the likes of Man Utd and Barcelona over the past few months, and he came very close to secure a move to Old Trafford this summer, but eventually decided to stay put, primarily because of Atleti’s transfer ban.

However, the additional one year with Los Rojiblancos seems to be nothing more than his way of repaying the club before moving on next summer, as the Frenchman is all but certain to make a switch away from Wanda Metropolitano.

Multiple reports have suggested that the coveted forward is on both Bayern Munich and Barcelona’s radar, but he could make a switch to the La Liga giants over the German Champions in order to play alongside Lionel Messi.

However, Philippe Coutinho still remains the top target for the Catalan club, but if they fail to land the Liverpool star, only then would a raid for Griezmann materialise.

And now, according to the report from Sport (via City Watch), the 26-year-old is also being eyed by Man City. It was reported that the Cityzens have “contacted the representatives of Antoine Griezmann,” thereby becoming the newest club to enter the race to sign the player.

However, the report also claimed that for now, the “extent of Man City’s interest” in singing the France international hasn’t been revealed.

With crucial figures like Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for City in the forward position, and not to mention the added support provided by Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, Pep Guardiola may not force his hand with the Atleti talisman.

Furthermore, a highly anticipated Alexis Sanchez move to the Etihad, either in January or next summer, would certainly leave no room for Griezmann.

Griezmann has a €100 million (£89 million) release clause inscribed in his current contract, which in today’s inflated market is an excellent deal considering the stature of the striker.

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Written by Kunal Kambli  

An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.

 

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