Manchester United’s £89m deal for £235k-per-week star fell through for one key reason — report

According to Don Balon, Manchester United’s deal to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann at the end of this season fell through after Alexis Sanchez made the switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford in January.

The Chilean international joined as part of a swap deal for Henrik Mkhitaryan who went in the other direction, but Alexis’ arrival closed the door on Griezmann it seems, leaving Barcelona a free hit at the French international.

The Catalan giants, who are currently seven points clear atop of La Liga, were reportedly Griezmann’s second-choice. The £235,000 star is open to a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano but was hesitant to join a division rival such as Barca if he could help it.

Griezmann joined Atleti from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has gone on to score 96 goals in 191 games. It’s not hard to see why United wanted him, but the proposed £89m deal broke down after the Red Devils signed an alternative option.

Barcelona have Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack, but it appears the Spanish giants are lining up another option in their frontline.

Griezmann’s fantastic form in La Liga this season may be the clincher. He’s scored and created 14 goals in 21 league games for the current runners-up.

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