Manchester United will have to spend an eye-watering £155million to complete a deal for Antoine Griezmann this summer.
The France international is Jose Mourinho’s No 1 target, but will have to make Griezmann the Premier League’s highest-paid player.
The salary he would demand is believed to be £295,000-a-week and his buyout clause is set at £79m, according to today’s Daily Mail.
Griezmann is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but United will have to convince a player to leave a team playing a Champions League semi-final for a club that’s not even certain of qualifying for next season’s tournament.
Just last week Griezmann’s adviser Eric Olhats revealed details of the Atletico Madrid release clause and refused to rule out what would be a highly controversial move to rivals Real Madrid.
“There is an existing clause of €100m, which is unavoidable.
“We’re thinking right now about the most suitable offer. Real Madrid and other clubs are part of this thinking process.
“Antoine doesn’t want to leave the club at any cost. That is false.”