The prospect of Manchester United pursuing Antoine Griezmann is considered an ambitious move, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
As Sir Jim Ratcliffe nears a 25% stake acquisition in the club, talks about Griezmann’s interest in a move to Old Trafford have surfaced, signaling a potential shift in the club’s direction.
Despite uncertainties around Ratcliffe’s official announcement, Manchester United is exploring the possibility of enticing Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
Reports indicate a substantial salary increase and triggering his release clause, with officials reportedly holding discussions at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Griezmann’s exceptional start to the season, scoring 12 goals in 16 appearances, adds intrigue to the pursuit, with a speculated transfer fee of less than £22 million.
Dean Jones underscores the significance of bringing Griezmann to Old Trafford as a statement under Ratcliffe’s tenure. However, the pursuit faces challenges, as the 2018 World Cup winner remains focused on maintaining his form at Atletico.
Griezmann’s contract, featuring a release clause and a salary agreement until 2026, suggests a formidable obstacle for Manchester United.
While Ratcliffe’s ambition is evident, Jones expresses doubts about striking a deal, especially with Euro 2024 approaching. Griezmann may perceive a move to Old Trafford as a risk, considering recent acquisitions that failed to secure a lasting impact and his goal to secure a place in Didier Deschamps’ squad.