Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have pulled out of the race to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, giving Barcelona a free run at his signature. That’s what Marca say, translated by The Metro.
The report from The Metro says that the Red Devils repeatedly tried to sign the French star over the summer, but no deal took place with Griezmann then going on to sign a new contract.
Since then, FC Barcelona have shown their interest in the 26-year-old and now Mourinho has chosen to move his sights elsewhere due to a disagreement about his valuation.
If this news is true, then I’m deeply disappointed. Griezmann is right up there amongst the best attackers in the game, and signing him, whatever the price, would immediately turn Manchester United into a better football team.
His link-up play with Paul Pogba on the international stage has been sensational at times, and to bring that to Old Trafford would excite the fans endlessly. From a business standpoint, the Reds would surely recoup a large part of the transfer fee they’d pay for him in sponsorships and merchandise? That’s just how big of a global name Griezmann is.