Friday 28 April 2017

Antoine Griezmann may snub Manchester United for Real

Antoine Griezmann Picture: PA
Antoine Griezmann Picture: PA

Miguel Delaney

Antoine Griezmann has given the okay to Manchester United's eye-watering personal terms, but the France international is still open to interest from Atletico Madrid's cross-town rivals, Real Madrid, with the Old Trafford club's Champions League qualification in the balance.

United are confident of signing the 25-year-old forward next summer, and buttressed by reports from France on Wednesday night, with an outline salary deal and bonuses already being worked on.

Indeed, the club's partners have already been briefed over brand campaigns potentially involving Griezmann in the same way they were last spring with then-Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Griezmann's major concern with United is whether they finish in the top four. Only a couple of clubs in Europe could rival the 20-time English champions on financial terms, with Real Madrid chief among them, but the Bernabeu club are not, to Griezmann's dismay, expected to enter the race.

While the Frenchman is understood to be willing to make the highly-controversial switch to retain a lifestyle he enjoys and have the chance to win a European trophy, Real president Florentino Perez has an unwritten agreement with the Atletico hierarchy not to agitate for - nor sign - their players, a stance that Griezmann is fully aware of. (© Independent News Service)

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