Manchester United are reportedly set to hijack Barcelona’s move for Antoine Griezmann after the forward handed in a transfer request at Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann announced last month that he will leave Atleti after five years in the Spanish capital and Barcelona have been favourites to land the 28-year-old for much of the summer.
However, recent reports suggest that Barca are now stalling over a bid for Griezmann and have switched their attentions to PSG’s Neymar, 27, and Valencia’s Rodrigo, 28, instead.
Rodrigo would be a much cheaper alternative and there’s a feeling among some inside Barcelona’s boardroom that securing a deal for Griezmann – who has a £108million release clause in his contract at Atletico – would be more hassle than it’s worth.
According to The Sun, Barcelona’s hesitance has alerted United to the situation and the Premier League giants are lining up a huge offer for the France international.
The report claims that the Red Devils are prepared to smash their transfer record with a £95m bid for Griezmann. Griezmann was on the brink of a move to Old Trafford in 2017 before Atletico’s transfer ban was upheld meaning they were unable to find a replacement.
United know Griezmann will be put off by their failure to secure Champions League football, but the club’s willingness to satisfy his £450,000-a-week wage demands could give them the edge.