Guillem Balague replies when asked if Antoine Griezmann will join Man United

Guillem Balague delivers the latest update on Antoine Griezmann's future at Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann Photo: Screengrab

Guillem Balague has suggested that Manchester United’s hopes of signing Antoine Griezmann next year have taken an upward turn – because he wants to leave Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move to sign the France international at the start of last summer but the switch failed to happen after Atletico’s transfer ban was upheld.

However, the speculation linking Griezmann with a move away from Atletico Madrid is likely to gather pace once again in the coming weeks as the January transfer window draws closer.

Barcelona have also been touted as a possible destination for the French attacker in recent days.

Manchester United are thought to be long-term admirers of the 26-year-old, who is close friends with Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba.

And Spanish football expert Balague has issued the latest update on the situation when asked whether Griezmann is more likely to join Manchester United or Barcelona.

Balague told Sky Sports: “Because no agreement has been made with a club, it’s an impossible question to answer.

“But I have the impression that Griezmann wants away now. Quite clearly he is not benefitting from the style of play and the lack of creation at Atletico at the moment means he is suffering.

“He is crying out for the ideal partner up front and he has let himself go to an extent.

“I think he wants to go. Given the opportunity to go to Barcelona, he would certainly consider it.

“He knows that Barcelona have approached his representatives and would put down €100m on July 1 when his buy-out clause reduces from €200m.”

Manchester United signed three players last summer as the Red Devils tied up deals for Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

Jose Mourinho is aiming to try and steer the Red Devils to the Premier League title in his second campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

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