Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has shot down talk of a move to Manchester United any time soon, by dispelling rumours of conversations with Jose Mourinho.
The France international was apparently close to joining United last summer, but the deal collapsed after the transfer embargo placed on Atletico would’ve forbid them from signing a replacement.
Reports suggest that Mourinho is still keen to sign the striker in the future, despite a slow start to the 2017/18 season, but Griezmann new deal, which includes a release clause that now stands at a formidable £170m, complicates things.
The French forward has played down any speculation about a potential United move, saying he hasn’t spoken to Mourinho about it at all.
During a Q&A on French TV (as quoted by the Sun), 26-year-old Griezmann was asked whether he had spoken to the Manchester United manager about a move, but his reply was simply: “No.”
He has only managed three goals in 13 appearances for Atletico this season, with Diego Simeone’s side currently eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
However, according to reports, his wavering form has not put off Barcelona, who have agreed a deal in principle to sign Griezmann next summer.
Even though he is having a poor campaign by his own high standards, the Catalan giants are apparently convinced he is still one the best forwards in the world, and are moving quickly to warp up a deal ahead of other suitors.