Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How United Speculation Affected Griezmann

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How United Speculation Affected Griezmann

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ANTOINE Griezmann 'did not benefit' from incessant speculation linking him with a move to United last summer, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.

The 26-year-old seemed destined for a big-money move to Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho cooled his interest in the France star in June and instead prioritised signing a No.9, with Romelu Lukaku arriving a month later.

Following Atleti's transfer ban, which prevents the club registering new players until January, Griezmann put pen to paper on a new five-year deal but, tellingly, his release clause was kept at £87m.

Ahead of the saga inevitably kicking into life, again, next year, Cerezo has warned United they have a fight on their hands if they want to prise away his hottest asset. …

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