Antoine Griezmann eyeing move to Barcelona over Manchester United

Antoine Griezmann eyeing move to Barcelona over Manchester United

For a player of Griezmann's quality, it's an asking price that is by no means unattractive to major suitors seeking to strengthen in attack, with Barcelona and Manchester United the chief candidates to take him from the Wanda Metropolitano. "Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way [Diego] Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave".

"If a player comes to me and says: 'Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave'", he told L'Equipe.

"I know that he needs to grow".

But the hopes of Manchester United fans who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of one summer target of theirs in January might be all but dashed after this latest development.

Two separate leagues will be eager to see where Griezmann's next destination will be, and perhaps the upcoming window will have something to spurn this saga on even further. The Frenchman, however, found a footing and eventually returned to his usual self and now has 5 goals and 3 assists in his bag from 12 La Liga fixtures.

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Interest from Barcelona is understandable. Based on Simeone's quotes, Griezmann is attainable, he's proven in La Liga, and his playing style would be ideal for a football club that has fluid attacking play running in its DNA.

Additionally, Barca's current attacking titans, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, are both over the age of 30.

The Independent appeared to back those claims earlier this week after reporting that senior figures at Atletico and United are starting to concede that Griezmann will join the Blaugrana in the summer of 2018.

The striker has been with Atletico since 2013 but they will have former Chelsea forward Diego Costa eligible to play come the New Year. If Griezmann is to move on in the summer, all tied to Atletico will be desperate to see him propel the side forward in another title charge beforehand.