Griez­mann avail­able for ‘half-price’ next sum­mer

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Manch­ester United could re­port­edly sign An­toine Griez­mann “for half price next sum­mer,” while Jose Mour­inho is said to have scouted Ser­bia winger Mi­jat Ga­ci­novic. Ac­cord­ing to Mundo De­portivo , Griez­mann’s re­lease clause will drop from £178 mil­lion to £89 mil­lion on 1 July 2018.

The club could then “award him for his loy­alty by ac­cept­ing a lower bid,” with Griez­mann hav­ing cho­sen to stay at Atletico last sum­mer.

The French­man said it would be a “low blow” to leave due to the club’s trans­fer ban, per Tele­foot

Griez­mann’s su­perb goalscor­ing record and abil­ity to cre­ate chances for his team-mates, make him one of the most at­trac­tive young play­ers in Europe.

Diego Costa’s re­turn to Atletico from Chelsea means that Diego Sime­one does not lack for at­tack­ing op­tions, leav­ing Griez­mann’s fu­ture at the club un­cer­tain, per Der­mot Cor­ri­gan at ESPN FC. Should Griez­mann opt to leave Atletico, there would be no short­age of clubs in­ter­ested, par­tic­u­larly if he were avail­able at £89 mil­lion, which would rep­re­sent ex­cel­lent value for a player proven at the high­est level.

Manch­ester United al­ready pos­sess a for­mi­da­ble at­tack with Romelu Lukaku and Mar­cus Rash­ford, but Griez­mann has the ver­sa­til­ity and guile to fit into any team, and would pro­vide the Red Devils with even greater fire­power should he ar­rive. Mean­while, Mour­inho scouted Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt young­ster Ga­ci­novic dur­ing Ser­bia’s FIFA 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing de­feat to Aus­tria in Vi­enna on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to David Mad­dock at the Mir­ror.

The United boss has been in­formed about Ga­ci­novic’s ta­lents by Ne­manja Matic, with Bay­ern Mu­nich of­fi­cials also in at­ten­dance at the game.

The mid­fielder is a ver­sa­tile player able to fea­ture in mid­field, or out wide, how­ever, he has re­cently signed a new con­tract and “it would take a se­ri­ous of­fer in Jan­uary to get him away from Ger­many,” per Mad­dock.

United are cer­tainly not lack­ing for at­tack­ing mid­field op­tions with Juan Mata, Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan, Jesse Lin­gard and An­thony Mar­tial within the ranks.

Per Gaz­zatta dello Sport , United con­tinue to pur­sue In­ter Mi­lan winger Ivan Perisic, which sug­gests Mour­inho is still con­sid­er­ing fur­ther strength­en­ing his squad with a wide player.

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