Manchester United's battle to sign world beater just got tougher

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Manchester United must make Antoine Griezmann the highest-paid player in the Premier League if they are to lure him from Atletico Madrid this summer, per the Daily Mail.

Griezmann, 25, has been heavily linked with the Red Devils this summer after another sublime season at the Vicente Calderon. The Frenchman could inspire Atletico to a second successive Champions League final and a third in four years.

It has been reported Griezmann has an £86million buyout clause in his contract. But while he is interested in a move to Old Trafford, he would demand a five-year contract with wages of around £300,000-per-week.

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That would take the overall cost of the transfer up to a staggering £155million. United are desperate for attacking reinforcements after a serious knee injury ruled Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for a number of months.

The 35-year-old Swede has scored 28 goals this season, but could now depart the club, with the optional second year on his contract not yet signed.

Griezmann is well known to be good friends with Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba, the only man who cost more than the perspective fee to take the striker to Old Trafford.

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