United Linked With Late Griezmann Move
Manchester United are ready to make a last-ditch bid to scupper Antoine Griezmann’s £95 million transfer to Barcelona according to reports. But even if those reports are true the chances of Griezmann moving to Old Trafford are slim to non-existent.
Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin announced on Wednesday that Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer. It looks set to bring to an end a transfer saga that has been going on for the past year. Atletico rejected a bid from Barca last summer and instead offered the France international a new deal. But talks took place before Christmas between Griezmann’s representatives and the Catalan side and a deal now looks set to go ahead.
However, The Sun claims United are ready with a last-gasp bid. They see Griezmann as the ideal replacement for Paul Pogba who could leave this summer.
Griezmann stated on Tuesday that he could leave Spain and it is this comment that has fuelled the paper’s report.
But the 28-year-old has spent his entire professional career in La Liga – first with Real Sociedad and now with Atletico – and has shown little inclination to play anywhere but Spain.
United looked close to doing a deal two years ago but when Atletico were hit with a transfer ban he stayed after being offered a new deal.
However, Gil Marin’s words look to be the final word on the matter.
“I know exactly where he’s going to play. I’ve known since march. In Barcelona,” he told Radio Estadio.
Expect a Barcelona transfer to be confirmed soon.
No Move For Bale
Manchester United won’t be making a bid for Gareth Bale this summer. The Real Madrid forward has been linked once again with interest from Old Trafford. But after accepting that Borussia Dortmund won’t let Jadon Sancho leave this summer United are reluctant to switch their attentions to Bale.
The Wales international has been told he is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and can leave the club this summer. But United have been put off by his age – he turns 30in July – and both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have accepted that with wages of up to £600,000 a week and a transfer fee somewhere in the region of £50 million Bale doesn’t represent good value and United will switch their attentions elsewhere.