Manchester United have reportedly been offered a significant advantage in the pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. The France international was the prime target for the Red Devils during the recently concluded transfer window, but ultimately the attacker decided to stay put with Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s side failed to win their appeal against their transfer embargo earlier in June, and this hindered United’s ambition of landing Griezmann, who penned a year’s extension until 2022. The deal also increased his release clause from €100m to €200m, thereby ending any interest from his suitors for his services.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Red Devils have received a minor boost in their future bid to sign Griezmann after his release clause was once again lowered to €100m. It is added that Atleti had mutually agreed with the Frenchman to double his valuation for the summer in order to ward off his admirers from lodging an offer.
Atleti will have their transfer ban concluded at the turn of the year but Mundo Deportivo cites that the attacker will wait until the end of the campaign before pursuing a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Paul Pogba was the world’s most expensive recruit until this summer when Paris Saint-Germain coughed up a world-record €222m sum to land Neymar from Barcelona. The Catalan giants followed suit with the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele for an overall package of around €150m.
Jose Mourinho is said to have been disappointed with the club’s failure to sign one of Ivan Perisic or Gareth Bale during the recently concluded transfer window, but Griezmann’s relatively lower release clause could potentially see him arrive at Old Trafford in 10 months’ time.