Griezmann race is on; Man Utd, Chelsea and City all in running

Date published: Saturday 8th April 2017 10:00

Manchester United have made an approach for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

The France striker’s advisor Eric Olhats confirmed United’s move and says they face competition from Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona, while missing out on the Champions League would massively count against the men from Old Trafford.

The Manchester Evening News last week claimed an £86million deal was done and cited “sources close to the Frenchman”.

That report appears to be premature though with Olhats admitting there is plenty of interest in Griezmann, who has a buy-out clause of £86million.

Olhats told French radio station RMC: “There are not 50,000 clubs that can put 100 million on the table, it’s quickly figured out. That’s the price of the clause, they won’t give anything away cheaply. That limits the number of candidates right now.

“I had heard that Manchester United was done, was signed, but we don’t even know if they’ll play in the Champions League. That’s important, I must say.

“Manchester United have made an approach to inform themselves, just like all the others.

“They come to find out what our thinking is, what the player’s thinking is, if there are possibilities, how much. It seems logical.

“Chelsea, Manchester City, Barcelona and even Real have knocked on the door to see where things are, everyone comes to see what is do-able, and what is not do-able, that’s normal. It’s a game of musical chairs.”

Griezmann has continually played down transfer stories, while Atletico boss Diego Simeone seems resigned to seeing the player leave the Spanish capital in the summer

When asked if Griezmann could leave in the summer, Simeone replied to AS: “Yes, because there is a termination clause. There is no security.”

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