Antoine Griezmann won't leave in January, says Atletico Madrid chief

Antoine Griezmann won't leave in January, says Atletico Madrid chief

Antoine Griezmann won't leave in January, says Atletico Madrid chief

Manchester United have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, potentially leaving Barcelona a clear shot at the French global when his release clause returns to €100m (£89m) in time for summer.

However, he has again been linked with a move away, and Atleti head coach Diego Simeone said recently he will be allowed to leave at some point.

"Griezmann departure isn't in our hands, but until summer is impossible to leave us".

United have been heavily linked with Griezmann for the past couple of years, seemingly only missing out on a deal earlier this year because he temporarily recommitted his immediate future to Atletico in light of the club's FIFA-imposed transfer ban. Our intention is to keep growing together.

With rumours of Griezmann agreeing a move to Barcelona next summer, Atletico have already chose to move in for potential replacements.

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Real Madrid are on the hunt for a striker but it looks like they will not be able to sign a player who's been begging them to him for a long time.

"We made a great effort to join Griezmann and Diego Costa and I think that it is going to be really good for both of them to play together". Until July 1, his [buyout] clause is €200m. "I would really like him to continue with us".

However, the La Liga leaders have reportedly risked the wrath of Atletico after their president was purported to have met up with Griezmann.

The report claims that it is Manchester United club officials who have been pushing for Griezmann's services, while manager Jose Mourinho, would be keen to sign him but is less than convinced about paying his £90m release clause.

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