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Griezmann Requests Summer Transfer, United Being His Destination

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Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann requests summer transfer, Manchester United possible destination

Madrid, Spain – According to Antonio Ruiz of COPE, Atletico Madrid Antoine Griezmann has communicated his wish to leave the club this summer.

The 26-year-old striker has a contract until 2021 and a release clause worth 100 million euros. Though the price is prohibitive, United and Jose Mourinho will keep knocking on the door.

The Vicente Calderon club have been insistent that their star player is staying in Madrid. Additionally, in the last several weeks he’s been avid for the love he has for the club. However, he has left the door open for exit stating he wants to pursued titles and championships.

With United having secured a spot in next season’s Champions, they are ready to pay him 17 million euros annually. This will reinforce their front-line with Zlatan Ibrahimovic aging and other strikers like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial still green. Let’s not forget, United paid 105 million euros for Paul Pogba last season.

When asked about United’s pursuit of Griezmann, Mourinho said on Sky Sports: “I have no idea. You have to ask Ed Woodward.

“He knows since March who I want, what I want, how much I want – he knows everything since March.

Griezmann is currently with the French national team preparing for games against Paraguay and Sweden. His departure will be a blow for Atletico, who hoped to retain their star player as they moved into their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano.

Los Colchoneros will make a decision next week. At this time, Atleti has been sanctioned by FIFA with being banned to sign players this summer. Everything will likely depend on the decision the Court of Arbitration for Sport make this week. If they accept the appeal, the Rojiblanco can sign players this summer. If not, they will have to wait until 2018.