Manchester United could be set to miss out on Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitting the Catalans had held talks with the Frenchman’s agent back in October 2017, reports Goal.
United came close to procuring his signature last summer but the deal eventually broke down and the Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead. They’ve been continually linked Griezmann ever since, but Barcelona’s interest has been a major stumbling block.
The Manchester giants already have Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Lukaku in their attack and manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he doesn’t want to add to their options in the final third, so Griezmann isn’t likely to be a transfer target anymore.
And with Bartomeu revealing talks were held with the 27-year-old’s representatives months ago, Barcelona led the race for his signature. Barca’s president said to RAC 1: “I saw Griezmann one day on holiday. We met with his agent, yes. It was in October.
“We talk with (Atletico Madrid president Enrique) Cerezo about many topics. We have a good relationship with them.”
Manchester United could be losing Martial this summer, as the French international has been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus and this season’s FA Cup finalists Chelsea.
Mourinho may need to bring another player in if he lets the former Monaco star leave Old Trafford, so a deal for Griezmann may not be dead in the water.