According to a report from The Athletic (h/t Barça Universal), Manchester United had enquired about the possibility of signing Antoine Griezmann during the summer transfer window.
The Frenchman is currently plying his trade for Atletico Madrid, having joined the club in 2021 on a two-year loan deal. But his contract at the Civitas Metropolitano has become a point of contention between Atleti and Barcelona, who have both drawn themselves into a legal battle over a specific clause.
The special clause allows Barcelona to offload Griezmann for €40 million at the end of the season if the attacker features in over 50% of the available matches. However, with matches only being counted if the player plays for more than 45 minutes, Atletico have opted to feature him only after 30 minutes in games this season.
It has led to frustration within Griezmann, and there are suggestions that the attacker could look to leave Atletico Madrid after the turn of the year.
Manchester United were among the clubs interested in his services in the summer. The Premier League giants had been looking for a reliable forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at the time and made enquiries for Griezmann.
However, the 31-year-old was focused on continuing at Atletico at the time and did not entertain any offers.
Meanwhile, with Ronaldo international remaining at Old Trafford, they did not opt to sign anyone. However, with Griezmann facing a difficult situation at Atletico Madrid, it will not come as a surprise to see Manchester United emerging as a suitor for the Frenchman.
Despite his lack of game-time at the Metropolitano, Griezmann remains rather calm about his national team situation, knowing his place in the French squad is virtually guaranteed despite the return to form of some of the other attacking players, including Ousmane Dembele.
And while he did start his first game of the season on Sunday night, if the situation regarding his playing time does not improve, a parting of ways as early as January cannot be ruled out.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo