Manchester United have opened talks over a move for Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann, according to The Sun.
The French international superstar has been repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the last few months, with talk peaking after his excellent performances at Euro 2016. And now United are reported to have asked a leading agent to set the wheels in motion for the 25-year-old’s potential move to Manchester.
The report claims Griezmann could set Jose Mourinho’s side back by £60m, though Atletico are likely to hold out for a higher fee – closer to the sum of the release clause in his contract. The former Real Sociedad man is likely to stay in Spain for the rest of the season, though United are hopeful they can lay the groundwork now and go on to complete a transfer next summer.
However, Griezmann had stated earlier this week that he was looking to stay in Madrid for now, despite the fact the likes of United, Arsenal and Real Madrid have been linked with a move for him.
He even revealed he had spoken to French international teammate and Gunners star Laurent Koscielny about moving to London, but he did not appear convinced.
He said: “For Arsenal, he speaks to me about it often. But I’m good in Madrid. I don’t want to leave. I’m happy here. I have just had a little girl, I play my games, I’m good. Sorry, I’m going to stay. But Arsenal are a good team, they play good football.
“I’m so good at Atletico. Honestly, I don’t see myself leaving. People often talk to me about England too, but I’m good here.
“And also, going from Atletico to Real must be difficult. I don’t necessarily have the desire to try, nor to ask those who have already done it. No, I’m not thinking about it.”
Talk over this potential transfer is expected to run and run over the next few months.