Man United planning shock move for No.8 France international

Antoine Griezmann could be forced into a winter transfer if Atletico Madrid and Barca cannot resolve an ongoing dispute over the conditions of the attacker’s loan move.

France international has failed to feature for longer than 30 minutes in every match so far this campaign and that is believed to be down to a playing clause in his two-year loan deal which would trigger a mandatory €40m payment.

Understandably keen to avoid paying up, Los Colchoneros are rumoured to be standing their ground even though the Blaugrana are now considering legal action.

If the La Liga clubs’ dispute cannot be resolved, it is very possible that Antoine will need to find himself a new team and one club who could reignite their long-standing interest is Erik ten Hag’s Man United.

Reported to have had an approach turned down earlier this year, Man United, who are in need of some striking reinforcements, could look to offer Griezmann, who has scored 231 senior career goals, including 179 for both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, an escape from his Spanish nightmare.

Since the start of the campaign, the Frenchman, who will be desperate to make Deschamps’ final World Cup squad later this year, has managed to net three goals in his first seven games, in all tournaments. Man United would probably do better to target someone younger as a more long-term option to replace the ageing Cristiano Ronaldo.