HIGH PRICE TO PAY

Manch­ester United man­ager Mour­inho must break the bank to sign RM866 mil­lion Griez­mann

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United will have to make An­toine Griez­mann the Premier League’s best-paid player if they are se­ri­ous about sign­ing him this sum­mer.

The France striker is Jose Mour­inho’s top trans­fer tar­get and it is learnt that Griez­mann is at­tracted by United’s in­ter­est but also that his terms would cost the English club just shy of £300,000 (RM1.65 mil­lion) a week.

In­clud­ing trans­fer fees, the price tag for Griez­mann would be al­most £155 mil­lion in to­tal over the course of the five-year deal which is pre­ferred by the 26-year-old.

With Griez­mann be­ing asked to leave peren­nial Cham­pi­ons League con­tenders Atletico Madrid for a club not yet guar­an­teed to even be in the com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son, he has set the fi­nan­cial bar high by way of po­ten­tial com­pen­sa­tion.

The €350,000 a week that he would want trans­lates to £295,000 at cur­rent ex­change rates — a sum that would edge him ahead of the Premier League’s top earn­ers, Paul Pogba and Wayne Rooney.

That out­lay works out at a com­mit­ment of about £77 mil­lion over five years and would be piled on top of a trans­fer fee that would have to ex­ceed the £76 mil­lion cur­rently act­ing as a buy­out clause in Griez­mann’s con­tract in Spain.

He is earn­ing half this weekly amount in Spain but knows that his stock may never be higher. United will not balk at the fig­ures, hav­ing com­mit­ted a sim­i­lar amount to last sum­mer’s sign­ing of Pogba from Ju­ven­tus.

United also ex­pect Rooney to leave this sum­mer — in all like­li­hood to China — and that will im­me­di­ately free them of a £290,000-a-week com­mit­ment to a con­tract that is not due to ex­pire un­til the sum­mer of 2018. Daily Mail

An­toine Griez­mann

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