Manchester United are set to pull out of the race to sign Antoine Griezmann, despite reports linking them with a move for over 12 months.
The Frenchman has been on United’s radar since last season, and was thought to be close to a move during the summer, but that possibility was scuppered when Atletico Madrid had their transfer ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport, meaning that the La Liga side would have been unable to sign a replacement if he would have decided to leave.
Griezmann remained loyal to the Spanish side, describing it as a dirty trick to leave the club in that situation, but has not rued out the possibility of leaving in future windows.
Manchester United have continued to be linked with the 26-year-old, as have La Liga leaders Barcelona, however, according to a report in Spanish publication Marca, United are now NOT planning on challenging the Blaugrana for his services.
The report claims that it is Manchester United club officials who have been pushing for Griezmann’s services, while manager Jose Mourinho, would be keen to sign him but is less than convinced about paying his £90m release clause.
The news will be music to the ears of Barcelona fans, although the runaway Spanish league leaders still want to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho – but it is highly thought that Barcelona will move for either Griezmann or Coutinho, but not both.