Manchester United to lodge £88m bid for French superstar next summer

Jose Mourinho will reportedly step up Manchester United’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann next summer. The France international had been pursued by the Red Devils during the previous transfer window, but the deal fell through after Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was withheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

According to ESPN, the Red Devils will retain their interest in their long-term target with Atleti having agreed to re-sign Diego Costa from Chelsea. The Spain international is due to join the La Liga outfit at the turn of the year, and his arrival could encourage Griezmann’s exit at the end of the season.

United were interested in Griezmann’s services earlier in the summer, but the Frenchman decided to remain at Atleti following their failure to negate their transfer embargo. Griezmann has since inked a fresh contract with Atleti until the summer of 2022, but his release clause remains unchanged at £88m (€100m).

Earlier in May, Griezmann hinted that he had a 6/10 chance of joining the Red Devils during the 2017 summer transfer window, and as things stand, United are keen on pursuing his signature in nine months’ time.

Griezmann joined Diego Simeone’s side from Real Sociedad back in the summer of 2014, and has since amassed 85 goals in 165 outings across all competitions.

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