Manchester United End Interest In Griezmann
Manchester United’s interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Antoine Griezmann is effectively at an end. The Red Devils will not rival Barcelona in the race for his signature.
Griezmann looks set to quit Atletico next summer in a deal that must be done before 1 July. Manchester United were on the verge of signing him in June of this year for €100million (at that time worth around £90million). But the deal collapsed after the La Liga side’s transfer ban was ratified. Atletico were faced with the prospect of not being able to sign a replacement so they offered Griezmann a new contract.
That saw his release fee rise to €200million. However, it falls to €100million at the end of the Spanish season only to revert to €200million from 1 July.
Barcelona are expected to firm up their interest with a €100million bid at the end of this season. But Manchester United’s interest is at an end. According to the Spanish newspaper Marca, United manager Jose Mourinho was less interested in Griezmann than some of his backroom staff. He was not convinced that the France international was worth the price tag Atletico had put on him. That was when Griezmann’s release fee stood at €100million.
Mourinho hasn’t changed his mind. Indeed, Griezmann’s loss of form in the early part of this season only served to reinforce his view that he won’t live up to his price tag.
United won’t challenge Barca for Griezmann’s signature. A move to the Catalan side looks set to be completed soon after the end of the season.
Fellaini In New PSG Link
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini next summer.
The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with interest from clubs in Turkey and China.
Reports today claim PSG are ready to make a move on a Bosman free transfer next summer. That follows the claim last month that talks had already taken place between Fellaini and the Ligue 1 leaders.
PSG spent €222million on Neymar in August and will pay €160million for Kylian Mbappe when his loan from Monaco expires on 1 July. They already need to sell either in January or before 30 June so a free transfer move for the 30-year-old Fellaini as a replacement will suit their purposes.
Fellaini told a Belgian website last week that his future is up in the air.
He can begin formal talks with PSG – or any other foreign club – on 1 January. A new deal with Manchester United looks unlikely.