Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann, as senior figures at Barcelona continue to be divided over whether or not to sign the World Cup winner.
Griezmann confirmed recently that he would be ending his five-year association with Atletico Madrid this summer, with many expecting Barcelona to pay his €120m release clause to take him to Camp Nou.
However, doubts have now arisen over the likelihood of that move, meaning it could be easier for Man Utd to make a move.
According to The Independent, some sections of the Barcelona hierarchy believe the money required to land Griezmann would be better spent elsewhere. Meanwhile, United have re-opened communications with the player, as they look to pull off a marquee signing.
The report points to the good relationship between Griezmann and current United midfielder Paul Pogba, international teammates with France, suggesting that the arrival of the former at Old Trafford could benefit the latter – whose performances have often been criticised since his return to Manchester in 2016.
Unless Barcelona officials come to a positive agreement on the player, United could have a clear run on Griezmann, with Manchester City and PSG ruling themselves out of the running, and Juventus not being able to afford him.
United’s pursuit of Griezmann could be funded by the potential sales of Romelu Lukaku – reportedly one of Antonio Conte’s first targets if he takes over at Inter Milan – and Alexis Sanchez, also linked with the Italians.
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