Manchester United are ‘widely expected’ to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann for a fee of £100m, according to reports.
It was reported earlier in the season that Jose Mourinho had pin-pointed the Frenchman as his primary transfer target for 2017.
Atletico have reportedly joined Barcelona in the race to sign Diego Costa, who expressed a desire to leave Chelsea last week following a bust-up with Antonio Conte.
And according to the Independent’s Miguel Delaney, Diego Simeone will use the funds acquired from letting Griezmann join Man United to capture Costa in the summer.
Such a report runs counter to remarks made by Griezmann himself just last month. The Frenchman, when asked about rumours surrounding a potential move to Old Trafford, responded: “I’m happy and enjoying myself at Atletico, don’t ask me about my future anymore.”
That said, dispositions can radically change in a matter of seconds, and Costa’s sudden availability may have coaxed Atletico into relaxing their stance on Griezmann, who in turn may have considered the possibility of fulfilling his wish of playing alongside Paul Pogba in the Premier League.
One suspects that a lucrative offer from United, worth way more than what Atletico laid out for him back in 2014 (£24m), may be too good to refuse for the Frenchman.