Manchester United have pulled out of the race to sign Atletico Madrid superstar Antoinne Griezmann. The decision by the Old Trafford club will leave Spanish giants Barcelona with a clear path to signing the attacker who has been linked with a move to Manchester for a while.
It is believed the decision was made by United manager, Jose Mourinho, who is believed to have encouraged the Club’s board to step aside in the race to sign the player, as he doesn’t want to engage in a bidding war and is unsure that the Frenchman is worth the fee being quoted for him.
The Portuguese is known to be a big admirer of the 26-year old but is now set to turn his attention elsewhere as he looks to strengthen his Man United squad.
Barcelona on their part appeared to be facing a difficult task in convincing Atletico to listen to offers from them, as the Madrid-based club was left displeased with the Catalan club’s approach after they met with the player’s family as regards a move.
Atletico Madrid might now have to sell to Barcelona after reports of Man United dropping their interest in the player.
Griezmann has also made known his desire to leave and only stayed last summer out of loyalty to the club as they were unable to sign new players due to a transfer ban placed on them by UEFA.
Antoinne Griezmann is valued at ₤89 million by Atletico Madrid.