Manchester United to use trump card in big-money Griezmann pursuitPublished January 27, 2017
Manchester United will use Paul Pogba’s close friendship with key target Antoine Griezmann as part of their attempt to lure the Atletico Madrid star to Old Trafford this summer.
Griezmann has been targeted by the Old Trafford hierarchy as a potential addition to the club’s ageing forward-line, but with the Rojiblancos to move into a new stadium in time for next season, the Frenchman could well be particularly difficult to snare.
According to the Daily Record, United are hopeful that the 25-year-old’s relationship with France teammate Paul Pogba will give them the edge in the transfer tug-of-war, with the pair known to be good friends from their time together with Les Bleus.
The report claims that Pogba, himself an £89 million signing from Juventus last summer, has been in constant dialogue with Griezmann in a bid to sell the move to him.
Recently, the United midfielder admitted to French television that his close relationship with his fellow countryman is such that he views him like a brother.
“I always have good times when I’m with Grizou,” he said.
“He’s my brother, we’re always together. When you’re feeling good away from the pitch it’s easier for you on the pitch, and that’s what’s happening with the France team.
“I’m very proud of him. I know what he’s been through. When he arrived at Atletico Madrid the first year, he wasn’t playing all the time, he was on the bench.”
Bayern Munich have also been mentioned as suitors for the versatile forward, who has struck 71 goals in 134 games at the Estadio Vicente Calderon and developed into one of the continent’s most feared attackers. Last month, he scooped third-place in the 2016 Ballon d’Or awards.
A fee of in excess of £70m would reportedly be needed to meet Griezmann’s buyout clause, while he could also expect to receive a lucrative contract as part of the bumper deal.