Manchester United have reportedly hit a stumbling block in their bid to bring Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford this summer, according to Madrid-based outlet AS. The Spanish daily paper are suggesting that the Frenchman is ‘extremely settled’ in the capital, and has no desire to leave the La Liga club this summer, despite the torrent of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League club.
Griezmann has publicly distanced himself from rumours of a move to United when pressed, and privately, it’s reported that the former Real Sociedad forward is saying much the same. Given that Atletico manager Diego Simeone will remain at the club for another season until 2018, Griezmann is said to be in no hurry to up sticks, and is reportedly growing tired of fielding questions about his future.
This could be a substantial blow to United’s plans, if true. Griezmann had seemingly been earmarked as a big target of Jose Mourinho’s, so news of his desire to remain in Spain for at least the next season will put a dent in the Portuguese’s plans to continue overhauling the side he inherited from Louis van Gaal last May.