Manchester United Suffer Final Blow In Antoine Griezmann Pursuit

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.

Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay

Atletico Madrid have convinced Antoine Griezmann to extend his stay at the club, according to reports in Spain.

The Euro 2016 topscorer has been linked with a big money move to Manchester United since the start of the season, with some sources even claiming that a pre-agreement had been reached between the Old Trafford officials and Griezmann’s representatives.

Furthermore, Jose Mourinho was believed to be adamant on securing the 25-year-old’s services, and the Portuguese was even ready to use Antoine’s close friendship with Red Devils’ star Paul Pogba to give United an edge in the pursuit.

However, according to recent reports from Spanish news outlet AS, Griezmann’s move to Manchester United is now off, since Atletico Madrid have convinced their man to prolong his stay in the Spanish capital.

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The Rojiblancos’ superstar has been repeatedly reinforcing his commitment towards the La Liga club and his desire to stay and continue achieving great things with Atletico. In fact, when specifically asked about a transfer to England, the Frenchman was quoted as saying: “England, there are many doubts about my private life. There is rain, bad weather. I need to be happy outside.”

And now, with Atletico manager Diego Simeone also confirming that he will be staying in Madrid, Griezmann is all the more convinced of staying with his current club and rejecting the approaches from the Premier League.

The former Real Sociedad man has been in fine form lately, and he even marked his 100th league game for Atletico last weekend by scoring a brace against Valencia at the Vicente Calderón. And with the report labeling Griezmann as ‘extremely settled’ in Spain, it looks like this over-hyped transfer saga is all set to reach its climax.


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