According to a report from Sky Sports, Manchester United had approached Antoine Griezmann during the summer transfer window. But the player declined to entertain the offer and prioritised a permanent stay at Atletico Madrid.
Manchester United had approached Griezmann when their footballing director John Murtough and recruitment consultant Tom Keane flew to Madrid to facilitate the transfer of Casemiro.
At that time, Griezmann was at Atleti on a two-year loan deal from Barcelona that was set to expire in 2024, with Atletico Madrid having a mandatory purchase clause worth €40 million if the Frenchman had played 45 minutes or more in 50% of the matches he was available for.
As the valuation was too high for Los Colchoneros, Diego Simeone was forced to utilise the services of the 2018 World Cup winner only after the 60th minute of matches. This led to an awkward period for Griezmann, even though he was highly valued by the coach.
Manchester United considered this a market opportunity and had asked Griezmann whether or not he was exploring other options. But the attacker responded firmly and doubled down on his desire to make the move to Atleti permanent.
The former Real Sociedad starlet succeded when Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Barcelona in October, with the Catalans slashing the purchase option fee to half.
Even after the deal, however, the offers have not stopped for Griezmann, especially after an excellent World Cup campaign that saw him lead France into the final of the coveted competition for a second time in a row.
Griezmann, though, feels happy with his life at the Civitas Metropolitano. He has become a crucial attacking outlet for the club this season, racking up seven goals and nine assists in all competitions. He may only consider an exit if Diego Simeone leaves the club.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.