Manchester United’s pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann appeared to have been dealt a serious blow last week when reports of the player’s desire to move to Barcelona made the news.
Man United have been openly chasing the French since last season and only missed out due to Atletico’s ban by Uefa from signing players until January 2018.
Griezmann proved to be loyal to the club as he decided to stay for one more season, but he apparently has had a change of heart and would instead prefer a move to Barcelona in what would be a major blow for United.
Recent reports, however, suggest that Atletico are prepared to sell Griezmann to Man United so as to prevent a move to rivals Barcelona.
The Madrid-based club have reported Barcelona to football governing FIFA, for what they view as an illegal approach for their star player. This is in the aftermath of reports that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu might have held talks with Griezmann’s family.
According to FIFA rules, any club that wishes to sign a player must first express that desire to the player’s club and when given the green light approach the player and/or his representatives.
The reports have now been confirmed by both FIFA and Atletico Madrid. This should begin an investigation as Barcelona has denied conducting any form of negotiations with Griezmann.
This all comes as a boost to Man United as they will most likely use this development to position themselves as frontrunners to sign the 26-year old.