Manchester United’s hopes of signing Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid have been dealt a huge blow, according to a report in Spain.
United have been interested in signing the French forward for a number of months, with a deal for the £90m striker thought to have been close earlier this summer. However, Griezmann eventually decided not to make the move to Old Trafford after Atletico Madrid’s transfer embargo was enforced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This meant that Los Rojiblancos would not be able to sign a replacement for Griezmann, something which the 25-year-old described as a dirty trick.
United had been expected to rekindle their interest in the Atletico Madrid forward either in January, or next summer, but now reports in Spain suggest their hopes of finally concluding a deal have been dealt a blow.
Atletico have announced that they have reached an agreement, believed to be worth around £50m, to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea.
El Confidencial claim that Atletico boss Diego Simeone is planning to play Costa alongside Griezmann, rather than as his replacement.
However, United will be hoping they can pursuade Griezmann to join them, where they would be able to trigger his €100m release clause and force his departure.