Manchester United could reportedly retain their interest in Antoine Griezmann in 10 months’ time with his release clause being reduced to €100m. The France international was strongly linked with a switch to Old Trafford last summer with the Red Devils willing to trigger the €100m escape clause in his contract.
However, the 25-year-old had a change of thought after Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport, and he decided to extend his contract until the summer of 2022. In doing so, the Spanish giants offered him a wage rise while his valuation was increased from €100m to a staggering €200m.
In any other transfer window, such a sum would be considered as almost impossible to match, but Paris Saint-Germain showed us the way after they triggered the €222 release clause in Neymar’s contract to sign him from Barcelona last month.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Griezmann’s €200m release clause had an expiry date until August 31 and the player’s minimum value has been reduced again to €100m. Nevertheless, Griezmann is determined to stay put at Atleti for the season with United unlikely to retain their interest until next summer.
The Spanish club’s transfer embargo will conclude at the turn of the year, but they made sure of keeping hold of some of their key players including Saul Niguez, Koke and Jan Oblak – all of whom penned contract extensions with the club.
Despite failing to sign Griezmann, United had a fairly good transfer window having pursued the likes of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic for a combined €153m plus fee.
Jose Mourinho remains a huge admirer of Griezmann’s talents but the club are most likely to stick with their options for the season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to return to competitive football in the New Year.
The big Swede rejoined the Europa League holders earlier last month, and he is determined to achieve Premier League success once he gets back onto the playing field following a knee injury.
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