Huge change of heart as Man Utd ‘abandon Griezmann plan’

Date published: Thursday 1st June 2017 2:12

Manchester United are reported to have shelved their interest in Antoine Griezmann and will instead focus their energies on signing a centre forward this summer.

The Atletico Madrid forward was believed to be the club’s major target this summer with a £86million deal reportedly close; the deal seemingly drawing ever closer after the player dropped several pointers to the move during interviews with various television outlets.

The Daily Telegraph’s James Ducker is among a number of journalists reporting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s serious knee injury has led United to change their plans for the transfer window, with the recruitment of a centre forward now Jose Mourinho’s main concern.

That would tie in with suggestions on Wednesday that United had made a £73million bid for Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe, while Torino striker Andrea Belotti and Romelu Lukaku of Everton another rumoured target.

According to Ducker’s sources, that means the club’s long-standing interest in Atletico forward Griezmann has been shelved for now.

Ducker went on to explain that United are still expected to hand Ibrahimovic a new deal, despite his season-ending knee injury sustained in the Europa League final.

Furthermore, he also states that Griezmann remains a player of interest to United, but the club won’t look to sign him this summer.

The news will also provide a timely boost for Atletico Madrid after the club’s ban from signing players until January 1, 2018, was upheld by CAS on Thursday morning.

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