Manchester United’s potential transfer of Everton star, Romelu Lukaku, may have re-initiated Jose Mourinho’s plan to bring in Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford next summer.
Griezmann was United’s prime target for the summer along with Romelu Lukaku, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at the club came under serious doubt.
However, due to Atletico’s transfer ban being upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Griezmann decided to stay in Spain instead of making a move to England; which forced Mourinho to switch his attention to Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata.
And after being linked with the Spaniard for several weeks, United finally decided to pull out from the transfer, when Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, advised him to choose the Red Devils over making a move to his long-term admirers, Chelsea.
In an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo, Griezmann had revealed: “I have stayed mainly because of the transfer ban, Atletico needed me now more than ever and I felt I had to stay. It would be dirty to leave. I wouldn’t have been myself, or the person that I feel I am today, if I had left this club in that way.”
But now, according to the Mirror, Manchester United, who were careful to make it clear that their interest in Griezmann had ‘cooled’ rather than ended, have maintained the 26-year-old’s name on their wish list, as Mourinho continues to plan his dream team.
Nonetheless, Griezmann’s release clause remains €100 million (£88m), but the idea of a partnership between Lukaku and Griezmann in the near future, with Pogba behind the duo, may tempt the Old Trafford club to pay the huge fee.
The United boss is also keen on acquiring a winger – a position Griezmann is familiar with. But for now, the Atletico striker isn’t Jose’s top priority, but the Portuguese will surely go after the Frenchman next summer.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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